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America: #1 In Fear, Stress, Anger, Divorce, Obesity, Anti-Depressants, Etc.

The Economic Collapse Blog | April 22, 2013

The United States is a deeply unhappy place. We are a nation that is absolutely consumed by fear, stress, anger and depression. It isn't just our economy that is falling apart - the very fabric of society is starting to come apart at the seams and it is because of what is happening to us on the inside.

The facts and statistics that I am going to share with you in this article are quite startling. They are clear evidence that America is a nation that is an advanced state of decline. We are overwhelmed by fear, stress and anxiety, and much of the time the ways that we choose to deal with those emotions lead to some very self-destructive behaviors.

Americans have experienced a standard of living far beyond the wildest dreams of most societies throughout human history, and yet we are an absolutely miserable people. Why is this? Why is America #1 in so many negative categories? Why are we constantly looking for ways to escape the pain of our own lives? Why are our families falling apart? There is vast material wealth all around us. So why can't we be happy?

Just look around you. Are most of the people around you teeming with happiness and joy? Sadly, the truth is that most Americans are terribly stressed out. Yeah, many of them may be able to manage to come up with a smile when they greet you, but most of the time they are consumed by internal struggles that are eating away at them like cancer.

So why is this happening? Is modern life structured in a way that is fundamentally unhealthy?

Below I have posted a short excerpt from a message that one of Charles Hugh Smith's readers named Kenneth Daigle recently sent to him. I think that it does a good job of describing the incredible stress that many people contend with on a daily basis...


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“Let it not be said that no one cared, that no one objected once it’s realized that our liberties and wealth are in jeopardy.”
― Ron Paul

Look up, it's a sun lighting the sky!

Measuring happiness by degrees of standard of living is one big misconception, and is a root cause of non-direction in American lives. The advent of free energy, the soon to be fact of disclosure, the outing of the corruption in Washington, the steadfast bearing of arms, these will far surpass the wildest dreams of status seekers perusing higher living standards, and people will find health and happiness right here in the USA. Self reliance. Enough dower prognosis already!

Part of it is the American

Part of it is the American work ethic. Comparing similiar rates of productivity in Europe and the US saw that people in the US worked more for the same amount of productivity.
Now I am not saying we need to be lazy by any means, but the idea that more work equals success is only true up to a point and many people dont seem to understand this; the workaholics and people that apoint busy work simply for the sake of it.
Granted, some people do love their jobs, but they likely arnt doing that work simply for the sake of working or looking busy.

To climb the mountain, you must believe you can.

Yayyy! We're number one, we're number one!!!!

Thanks for posting this important information.

You beat me to it, but you forgot to add:


The plan has worked nicely, to go by

circumstances listed at the bottom of the article. As mentioned elsewhere (the post "In case you can't tell we are in Stage 3..." w/the interview of the former KGB agent), see former Congressman Curtis Bowers' film AGENDA: Grinding America Down. It's about the decades-old socialist/communist agenda to bring America down from within - to be accomplished by undermining the culture, religion, and character of Americans, fostering moral decay, taking over the education system... I don't necessarily agree with all the views of those interviewed, but the film is well worth seeing. http://www.disclose.tv/action/viewvideo/124263/AGENDA__Grind...

Actually, I imagine it's working even better than planned, given the deleterious environmental & health issues that no doubt have been caused by pesticides used since WWII and the switch from sugar to (GMO) corn syrup.

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

Cyril's picture

Believe it or not, I feel better in America, still today

Believe it or not, I feel better in America, still today, than in 40 years spent on the "old continent". And yes: despite all the infamies against the people.

"Cyril" pronounced "see real". I code stuff.


"To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous." -- Confucius

going to bump--

and have bookmarked to look at later--

it's hard to be awake; it's easier to dream--

that's because we're #1 in counterfeit Christianity!!!

...duh...by DESIGN of the same satan who is behind our Federal Reserve System, and all the while, the unregenerated reprobate professing Christians in our churches, on MSM, in government blame radical Islam that they created and FUND....

We Bible-thumpers, the truly BORN AGAIN blood-washed saints of the living God recognize the wiles of the devil, and are discerning and aware of every scheme....

Counterfeit Christianity is to BLAME, a clear Gospel much be preached, and all money-serving hypocrites must be torn from power and place....in Jesus name....AMEN!!!

We have

strayed so far from Nature and mother earth. Of course we are unhappy and stressed out. Our way of living is completely unnatural and we don't even know how to survive without huge corporations. The collapse will bring wonderful gifts to us in the long run.

The world is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion.
-Thomas Paine

egapele's picture

Definition of "happy" is warped

for most, I think.

BUMP! We're #1 in denial


We're #1 in denial too!

"It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere".

It's hard not to be a menace to society when half the population is happy on their knees. - unknown