Robert Stein makes a historical argument that things could be worse, and have been. Not sure he’s right, but read it all and see what you think.
Decades later, in the movie “The American President,” a White House adviser tells the Oval Office occupant, “People want leadership. They're so thirsty for it they'll crawl through the desert toward a mirage, and when they discover there's no water, they'll drink the sand.”
A discouraged President replies, “People don't drink the sand because they're thirsty. They drink the sand because they don't know the difference.”
We once did.