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Will the American people change...or perish?

  1. Born2care2001 profile image76
    Born2care2001posted 5 years ago

    Will the American people change...or perish?

    Most, if not all economic, energy and environmental statistics point to the need for new decisions and policies leading to a more sustainable lifestyle. Are we ready to change yet?

  2. MickS profile image75
    MickSposted 5 years ago

    Which American people are you talking about?  Canadians, Mexicans, Argentinians, or people from the offshore Islands that geographers consider to be part of the continents?

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    Moeskyposted 5 years ago

    Ready or not - if and when real change is needed, all people, not just Americans, will have to learn to change. And we will because we are survivors..
    And we will, all people, adapt, evolve and mix until we have one world nation. One great colorful, spring-fresh salad of complimentary colors,shapes, textures and tastes.

    1. Born2care2001 profile image76
      Born2care2001posted 5 years agoin reply to this

      A very poetic and flavorful response Moesky, almost inspiring. I just wonder what the threshold of pain is to promote that change. From one survivor to another...Thanks!

  4. Express10 profile image88
    Express10posted 5 years ago

    The thinking of the American citizenry is slowly changing but I doubt it's enough for major changes or group efforts. There are many roadblocks put up for financial reasons and out of self interests. Then there are people who refuse to change out of their own free (but informed) choice and those who are uninformed and choose not to be, let alone make a change. At some point, when the pain is too great to stick with old ways, the holdouts will change.

    1. Born2care2001 profile image76
      Born2care2001posted 5 years agoin reply to this

      The frog is about to boil! Thanks Express10!

  5. xstatic profile image60
    xstaticposted 5 years ago

    Good question! I hve long felt that our country has become largely ungovernable. With the many terribly divisive issues like gun control and immigration facing us, it is hard to be optimistic.

  6. lostdogrwd profile image61
    lostdogrwdposted 5 years ago

    the change will come when we adults decide to make a very very even playing field for ALL OF OUR CHILDREN. your child is my child and we make way for all of our children have what needed to learn and contribute to the United State. there no reason FOR ONE SCHOOL SYSTEM IF SO MUCH BETTER THAN OTHER. other countries are so much better than the U S  for its about all of there kids. we do that and in time this country can get better. don't care what you try to do to me and I will respond to whatever but let us make it a better life and chance for our children

  7. Borsia profile image47
    Borsiaposted 5 years ago

    If history tells us anything it is that the American people will continue to choose the worst possible leaders from the most corrupt sectors of society and continue their downward spiral into the flames.
    They will admit that America can't police the world when the economy finally collapses. At which point the US will fragment just as the USSR did.
    Given that the public is a mixed bag between ignorant, selfish and corrupt it is unlikely that they will unify in time to save anything.
    That said is will be a dead heat race with the universal downfall of the planet and collapse of civilization.
    Fortunately I'm able to keep my faith in humanity knowing that we will soon be able to move to another planet.

  8. CosmosDiver profile image61
    CosmosDiverposted 5 years ago

    The only time they'll decide to change is when they are knee deep in a river glowing green wading for food that's beefed up in Rads. This goes to the whole world, not just America. Soon, it will be less "which alternative fuel can match the kind of output that fossil fuels and petroleum have given me" and more "which one of these fuels will kill me slower?"

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    Larry Wallposted 5 years ago

    The issues you outlined for more sustainable lifestyle are all valid and probably will all have to occur, but it will not be overnight, in a week, year or decade. Such changes do not occur because of government edict but instead because of the desire of the people. Often the delay is caused by the government, in its every increasing role or regulating so many things. We live longer. We are healthier. Our economy needs work, but it has a habit of bouncing back time and time again. We do not have to be ready for change. Change will occur. I am 62. When I was a child, if a family had a car, that was a big deal. My city had two television stations. We did not carry telephones in our pockets. We did not have satellites viewing hurricanes off the cost of Africa. Landing a man on the moon was still science fiction and the American dream of owning your own home, meant purchasing one you could afford and not moving every two years. Our lifestyles have changed and for the better in most cases. I like using my computer. I like the choices of television stations, and I find my mobile phone to be very convenient. Our infrastructure needs rebuilding. Our tax code needs to be cleaned up and since we are living longer we have to learn how we are going to care for the people who are too old to work, by today's standards, but not yet ready for Social Security and Medicare. Change will come. No one can write a plan. The change will come as we adapt to the changes around us. Remember, 200 years ago this nation was a wilderness. We've come a long way in a short time. Keep the faith.

  10. jennfa123 profile image59
    jennfa123posted 5 years ago

    Most, if not all economic, energy and environmental statistics point to the need for new decisions and policies leading to a more sustainable lifestyle. Are we ready to change yet?

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      Larry Wallposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Some of us are--some are not. Change will cove over time and we will not notice it until years after it has occurred. That is the course of history.

  11. Li Galo profile image78
    Li Galoposted 5 years ago

    I'm wondering which Americans you are referring to (Canadians, US citizens, Mexicans or ?)... You have people on HP that are writers in Asia, Europe, and other places of the world, writing here for a Canadian, USA, British readership but also attracting readership as far as the Philippines.  I hope you'll clarify on this... Hmm... well, I can give a broad answer.

    All people change.  All cultures and societies change.  Sometimes, the change is for the better and sometimes, it's for the worse.  It is my view, in regards to overall societies, that Canadians are doing okay, USA folks are in a bit of trouble but nothing they can't rise above and then be awesome again, and Mexico is just  getting worse... sadly so, because I so love Mexico and hope to return when things stabilize and are safer for me to travel there.

  12. Chinaimport profile image89
    Chinaimportposted 5 years ago

    Why only Americans? New policies leading to a more sustainable lifestyle is a challenge presented to the entire world. We all need to find a way to live without harming our environmental and energy resources in the long term.

    1. Born2care2001 profile image76
      Born2care2001posted 5 years agoin reply to this

      So true! Thank you for responding!

  13. Laramy74 profile image61
    Laramy74posted 5 years ago

    I do not believe that any change will come.  We may have crossed the line between traditional American values and traditions to a European style political and economic system.  Our traditions that has defined America, such as the first and second amendments to the constitution, have been degraded with the radical 60’s mentality and  this challenge in particular  will change America to the point that we will not recognize. 
    We have seen  traditions such as marriage, education and racial tensions rip at the very fabric that once held this together.  More and more American have become dependent on government programs and Congress does not have the will to modify programs, such as Medicare and social security to begin the process to make America a country of producers rather than receivers.

  14. Maya Pillai profile image43
    Maya Pillaiposted 5 years ago

    it is never the technical problem that stops us from changing. It is our attitude. Change of attitude and perception can lead to a more sustainable lifestyle. It is wise to go with the flow than against it. Be ready to accept that the changes to make the transition more smoother.

  15. TerryK81 profile image59
    TerryK81posted 5 years ago

    Sadly it seems with our nation at least, that people pull together (if even heart-feltedly) when tragedy strikes, like 9/11 and sandy hook. Thing is, it seems by the way things are that it won't. People will only change when they get a wake up from God, which people should have that now with declining government, cover-ups, government plans that always screw over us citizens. It's when people get into control over big positions where they CAN make a difference with the economy, they apparently figure if it's not them and their family, screw it. There are the faithful few who remember where they came from and honestly try to make changes to benefit everyone, but it seems that they have someone over them that throws their ideas out the window. Then we have the debt issue and our president says we need to cut spending but then the military gets a huge paycheck for new gear, vehicles and weapons but yet where is this money coming from? I'm very blunt about what I answer, but I do consider: as long as the rich and powerful and famous keep doing as they do.....as long as people give God the shaft......as long as people don't seem to care and understand that we are all human....then you can be sure that nothing will change. it has only gotten consistently worse through all the years. already had 3 shootings this year over in my neck of the city. My heart looks to God.

 
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