There is a lesson to be learned from Ukraine
Absolutely spot on, but Americans know nothing but comfort. Things have to get worse before they get better.
Your question and the answer is in a word, irrefutable. You, and commenter Renee states the truth - our cushy, comfy, rich lifestyles over the last 6 decades (by world standards)have created ignorant, insecure busybodies who will be crushed when their little playground is invaded by bullies like Russia and China.
Yes. These macro level problems are the direct result of non-serious people. I couldn't get some of my former friends to move their attention from the "PROBLEM" of Trump's 'mean tweets', to the "problems" of open borders, woke race baiting, affordable energy, shutting down the economy and spending trillions of dollars more than we make, babies being killed in the womb, etc. Like the SNL skit MacGruber, all this ridiculous frittering and clowning while the timer on the bomb counts down... Frustrating doesn't begin to describe our situation.
60 years ago, America's proudest achievement was that we put a man on the Moon, Today, America's proudest achievement is that we put a man in the girls locker room.
I'd say not so much like the hare and the tortoise as like a relay race: The previous runners built up a big lead, and now the present generation congratulates themselves on how far ahead they are. And so they think they can just casually walk to the finish line while the other teams are catching up quickly.
I'm a fan and agree with much of what you say, but you sometimes fall for propaganda masquerading as facts. The Keystone pipeline would not increase our supply of Canadian oil. That oil has been coming into this nation for years, but it has been being shipped by railcar, which is expensive and dangerous. The Keystone would have made that shipment less expensive and safer, but would not have significantly increased the amount.
We are jaded
True and insightful. To know history gives an advantage for our future. Our pathetic higher education wants to erase history, leaving us unable to handle crises such as Ukraine. Nothing today is new. Why don't we know it?