One of the most glaring issues facing us as a country and a civilization is our complete lack of desire to do difficult tasks. It might well be our downfall.
Probably the most glaring example of this lack of work ethic is the battle cry at the beginning of the globalization movement; "We think, they sweat".
I cannot imagine a future world where such arrogance and frippery will be allowed us. I am afraid that we are going to have to roll our sleeves up and get to work.
Oh, baby boomers like me won't have to worry about it very much. We are too old and set in our ways to change. The ones of us (and truthfully, I question if I am in this group) who have worked for a living are too damn broke down to keep it up for long, and the ones of us (maybe me) who haven't are too damn old to bring on line now. By the time that the changes will be in full swing, most of us boomers will be taking a dirt nap.
But the changes that must be made are changes made at a generational level. The tripe being peddled by the kumbaya crowd that an individual can make a difference is going to soon be recognized as the self-serving pablum that it is. What is going to seen is a re-instatement of work ethic as the manufacture and maintenance of concrete items on a human scale. Individuals will have to work and make sacrifices as part of a group, not soloing as self-serving solipsists.
So I have been ragging my sons about their real education. Math and science are now in the fore. Nothing but A's and B's are allowed. No exception. I am also going to have to accellerate their learning with hands-on projects at home. Mostly I tell them it is time to get used to doing real things. Not pushing around digital crap and make work for a corporate master.