We have a society, one might even argue that it is a civilization. What we seem to missing is a culture.
I am thinking that we will be developing one soon.
I wonder what it will look like?
You see, civilization and societies are big old herkin' things, good for wandering around and beating up folks that don't agree with you. They throw up some damn impressive monuments and such.
What they don't seem to do is let people live with each other. We have stripped away the culture part of the US. We have allowed ourselves to become atomized with a false sense of independence. We now have to go trudging back the way we came to find a place of group psyche that will allows us interdependence.
This won't be easy. In a way, the prepper community reflects this. The atomized tend to be those who squirrel guns away and seem to be preparing for a continental scale "Gunfight at the OK corral". Those moving towards independence seem to concentrate more on building the social networks necessary for mutual support.
This whole process is a story that will be told over the next fifty years.
I wonder what if will look like?