The New York Times recently carried one of the scariest things I've ever read. They have a video to go with it on the website that will make you physically ill.
They are the Hollow People, raising more little Hollow People, barely even human any longer. Their kids are like some poor, starved plant you carry around with you from one house to another, barely enough soil to stay alive, permanently stunted, never to know deep roots and fertile soil and sunshine, wind and rain. Just barely enough care to stay alive. Regular watering and fertilizer, so it must be healthy! But no insects, birds or other wildlife nesting in its shelter, no summer, no winter, no blossoming in the spring - just filling up somebody's corner until it outlives its usefulness and gets thrown away.
They are like second generation orangutans, born in a pretty good zoo. They have really good vets, they have handlers to play with them and feed them. They have some of their own kind put into the envionment so they won't get lonely, they have a pretty good simulation of their natural environment. But they don't really know who or what they are, or what the world is really like.
They look human, and they act human because they learn how it's done by watching TV and video games in the SUV while being driven from one place to another. They learn how humans live and how they dress and what they value by watching TV ads.
But they aren't really human any longer.
These people are living in hell (or a zoo, take your choice), and they are too shallow to even realize it.
If you believe that the statistical notion of a reversion to the mean applies in situations like this and not just squiggly lines on graph paper; if you think it's real and has wide applicability; if you believe that unsustainable trends eventually end; if you believe that anything that goes parabolic cannot have a 'soft landing;' then what American society is going to have to go through to produce normal human beings once again is unthinkable.