I wonder if that is something we've all been conditioned for, via our media, that everything has to have a happy ending, that we always have to be striving for something bigger, better, greater, newer. As you point out with humanity, it never seems to be the case. Humanity seems to embody the Myth of Sysiphus.
I guess the point that I'm trying to make is this:
Whether the system is collapsing as John Michael Greer believes, or whether we're on the brink of a new golden age, as others believe (Though these people seem to be few & far between, Ravi Batra is one of them), it really shouldn't matter or affect the actions we take as individuals.
The future, by definition, is inherently unknowable. That's why it is the future. Maybe we collapse tomorrow in a giant earthquake tonight. Maybe it is next year by an asteroid. Maybe in 10 years due to war or economic collapse. Maybe the Information Age leads us out of the abyss peacefully. There is no way of knowing. The future does not follow a straight line interpolation of the present.
Because there is no way of knowing, one should not base one's actions on a guess about what may or may not happen. That, in my opinion, is a form of delusion.
What I hear you saying is to hold a positive vision of the future in mind and work towards making it a reality. But what if that positive future seems so distant as to be unbelievable, as Action Jackson seems to express. Then the underlying motivation to act is destroyed.
What I'm saying is that an individual should take right action based on his/her own values & beliefs and keep those in alignment. The reason to do this is not because you're working towards something, but simply because it is the right thing to do.
Ron Paul toiled away in relative obscurity for many years. If he never hit the jackpot the way he has over the past several years, I have no doubt that he would continue on as he had before. I don't think he would ever have said, "Screw it - I'm going on food stamps," because that is fundamentally out of line with his values.
And just for clarification, Ron Paul's obscurity was relative to what it is now, but he still had many admirers and followers. I believe this is why he always says "Have Fun." The benefit of having fun with what you're doing is that even if you never get to whatever positive vision you may hope for, and even if you never get rich, you still win life's ultimate jackpot: You had fun!
But I think this is also the secret. By having fun, you live life to its fullest extent. And by doing that, the world is a better place in which we all just might have a chance to collectively make it across the abyss we're facing.
A man's got to take a lot of punishment to write a really funny book. -- E.H.