Editor's note: this was written when I was a teenager and it has been edited for stylistic changes from the original post, however the content remains mostly the same.
The average man in 1950's America had a respectable job, a home, and a family, all by the time he reached his early twenties. The same man today likely has none of those, as a casualty of a long civilizational decline. The inevitable collapse will not be contained to the economic plane, but will wreak havoc upon civilization and the Earth herself.
There were higher values than looks, money, and status that mattered, such as character and integrity. A man could afford a middle-class lifestyle simply by having a work ethic, and marry young without the risks that come with marrying later. The social contract was more equitable without politicized power struggle between both sexes. Since then, the sexual revolution happened, globalization happened faster than cultures can adapt, and the system has broken down beyond repair.
The core of the social breakdown lies in the disintegration of the family, it has become obsolete. Promiscuity is the new standard, and it creates a new market which was previously suppressed: the sexual marketplace. The old law and order does not apply in this marketplace, as institutions such as community and marriage are obsolete. Communities kept people together and ostracized anti-socials to maintain social order. Individuals without these communal bonds come apart, and the judicial systems thrive on divorce as an industry. The peak social experience has been replaced by primal desires, the sexual act itself.
The industrial society thrives upon depleting the Earth of her natural resources. As the literal underworld is exhaustively mined out, so too is the spiritual world. Individuals exhausted by love, or no love at all. The transiently populated cities of today remain relevant in terms of proximity in online dating profiles.
Echoes of the collapse of civilization as we know it will reverberate throughout the collective subconscious of history. Individual anecdotes crop up online which form patterns that forebode the collapse; at least we are not alone. The systemic collapse will start with the failure of technological civilization as the first world descends into the third world: infrastructure will rot. Electrical grids, irrigation systems, high technology, the niceties of technological civilization will struggle to remain operational. The breakdown will advance into the later stages of the devaluation of currency, dissolution of government, and small-scale conflicts. In the post-civilized world, atomized individuals will be most vulnerable.
America has passed the zenith in its golden age of the 20th century, and from here is the slow decline towards the nadir. The only option left is to rethink and rebuild from the spiritual ruins of present civilization.