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Declining. It would be wrong to place the blame on one single factor, but there are a few to stand out.
1: Technology. No, technology is not evil. But sometimes we can be nuclear giants and ethical infants. The internet has revolutionized society, and the social scientists can keep up. The problems are stacking up too fast.
2: We're too successful for our own good. You know what kills a nation? When it rests on its laurels. Rome started to decay the day Africanus beat Hannibal. When we don't have some great enemy to unite us, we make enemies of each other. Humans evolved for millions of years living in small communities. And in a few hundred years, we've grown to 7 billion. It's going to be a long time for our human nature to stop holding us back.
Values can't be passed on if experiences are entirely different. We never had to fight for our freedom. Just like with Rome, we grew up with it. We fight for comfort instead. We regularly hand over our freedoms if it means we can afford a new ipad, or we can feel safer against terrorists and criminals (even though by giving up our freedom, they've taken our most valuable possesion from us).
However, there are still good things about Americans. When talking to people from other countries, I always here these things. We are positive. We are cheerful. We live life to the fullest. We may be spoiled, but we know how to not be miserable.0