I agree that the long slow decline has begun but Rome took 400 years to fall, more or less. “ Supply chain”, political insanity, technology failures ( remember:batteries burning & planes flying into the ground recently?), increasing gaps “have” versus “have nots” etc etc. I’m betting on building community, whether it’s permies (Yes!) or joint resistance to HOV or subverting landscapers to grow flowers hiding food (and influence owner of apartment complex). I’m too old to do it all, all by myself, but I can influence the people around me by example. It helps to not be at all shy, persistent and willing to be nice to people whom are annoying. Start small & keep going, the world will be better for my great grandkids and others. And maybe have more northern avocados!