America… the beautiful? Something is bad wrong

Something Is Bad Wrong

Something Is Bad Wrong

Hi guys, Barry in DR here. I think today’s post touches on a controversial question. I think we would all agree that America was formed on solid underlying principles and ideas. And the country has certainly prospered over the last 200 years because of those beliefs. There is every reason for all American’s to be proud of those accomplishments and the standard of living it has allowed.

But something is bad wrong with this picture today. For many the “American Dream” has evolved into the “American Sinkhole”. Quoting from Michael in an article in “The Economic Collapse“,  just consider some of these sad facts.

  • More U.S. soldiers killed themselves than were killed in combat last year.
  • Americans will spend more than 280 billion dollars on prescription drugs during 2013.
  • Nearly one out of every four women in the United States are taking antidepressants.
  • The percentage of women taking antidepressants in the U.S. is higher than in any other country in the world.
  • In 2010, the average teen in the U.S. was taking 1.2 central nervous system drugs. (ADHD, depression, etc)
  • Children in the United States are three times more likely to be prescribed antidepressants as children in Europe are.
  • One-third of the nation’s employees suffer chronic debilitating stress, and more than half of all 18 to 33 year experience a level of stress that keeps them awake at night, including large numbers diagnosed with depression or anxiety disorder.
  • Tens of millions of Americans use alcohol and drugs to numb the pain that they are experiencing. In the United States today, there are about 28 million Americans with a drinking problem and about 22 million Americans use illegal drugs.
  • More people have been diagnosed with mental disorders in America than anywhere else on earth.
  • There are also tens of millions of Americans that try to deal with anxiety and stress by eating. Of all the major industrialized nations, America is the most obese. Mexico is #2.
  • Back in 1962, only 13 percent of all Americans were obese. Today, approximately 36 percent of all Americans are obese.
  • Many people try to escape from the pain of reality by getting lost in entertainment. Incredibly, the United States is tied with the UK for the highest average number of hours spent watching television each week.
  • The United States has the highest divorce rate in the world by a good margin.
  • The United States has the highest percentage of one person households on the entire planet.
  • According to the Pew Research Center, only 51 percent of all American adults are currently married. Back in 1960, 72 percent of all adults in the United States were married.
  • At this point, approximately one out of every three children in America lives in a home without a father.
  • For women under the age of 30 living in the United States today, more than half of all babies are being born out of wedlock.
  • The United States has the highest child abuse death rate in the developed world.
  • In the United States today, it is estimated that one out of every four girls is sexually abused before they become adults.
  • The United States has the highest teen pregnancy rate in the world by a very wide margin.
  • The United States produces more pornography than any other nation in the world.
  • If you can believe it, there are 20 million new STD infections in the United States every single year.
  • The U.S. has the highest STD infection rate in the entire industrialized world.
  • Sadly, one out of every four teen girls in the U.S. has at least one sexually transmitted disease.
  • The United States leads the world in eating disorder deaths.
  • Nobody in the world gets more plastic surgery done than Americans do.
  • Americans spend more time sitting in traffic than anyone else in the world.
  • America has the highest incarceration rate and the largest total prison population in the entire world by a very wide margin.

Or maybe these facts quoted by David Kupelian in WND Commentary:

  • Suicide has surpassed car crashes as the leading cause of injury death for Americans.
  • One in five high-school abed children in America have been diagnosed with ADHD
  • Medical research shows conclusively that chronic stress plays a major role in the progression of cancer and heart disease
Fear Of A Wrong Decision

Fear Of A Wrong Decision

WHY, in such a prosperous country, founded on solid beliefs and principles, has the American lifestyle evolved into such a nightmare for so many?

Today, maybe it is related to high unemployment, foreclosures, bankruptcies, stagnant growth, 11,000 new people signing up for food stamps every day, rising taxes, higher food and gas prices, hopeless national debt, sequester cuts, and uncaring and unresponsive politicians.  But this is also a problem that has been evolving over decades.  True, it is accelerating at an alarming pace now, but it is not a brand new problem.  Something about the system is broken.

As you will discover in the two articles I point you to today, you will read that it is due to a combination of factors, not the least of which is the high level of stress that is woven into the very fabric of every aspect of daily life in America.  I won’t rehash that because you can read those articles yourself.  But I will challenge you to look outside the box a bit as you consider the question “WHY?” and consider what you can do about it.

Maybe I have the luxury of looking at things a little differently because I have traveled the world for so many years. Very few of those years were spent on the stress-inducing treadmill of life that most Americans face. Living a simpler life with a little adventure in it seemed to slash away that killing stress.

The Rainbow Is There - Open Your Eyes

The Rainbow Is There – Open Your Eyes

For many of my readers living in the darkness of stress, I am absolutely positive that a dramatic lifestyle change would extend their lifespan considerably and bring a great deal of comfort and joy into their lives.  I do understand that it may seem impossible to see the rainbow in the dark, but it is still there if you can allow yourself to view it from a new perspective.

You know, the real sad part of this is that Americans have suffered these stress-induced infirmities during “the good times”.  That is what scares me the most.  What will happen as the government and banking czars begin to crash the currency and clamp down in earnest on freedoms and access to your own money.  Stress levels will soar and for many total hopelessness will set in resulting in dramatically increased crime and suicide rates.  Don’t get me wrong, a privileged minority will prosper as they always have, but the majority will suffer further.

For the life of me, I will never understand why anyone would choose to voluntarily sit by and let their families and friends be victimized if they were aware of a fairly simple way to stand on the sidelines. When you are ready to explore an alternative, we are here to show you this on one of our free Discovery Tours.

Americans ‘Snapping’ By The Millions

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America: #1 in Fear, Stress, Anger, Divorce, Obesity, Anti-Depressants, Etc.

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T in Colorado April 24, 2013 at 5:15 pm

Barry great article, depressing but so true. I believe most in America know things are not right. They just ignore it because they are so busy with there and there childrens lives. They think there is nothing they can do or a way to get out from under it. So they just ignore it all and tell themselves everything is ok. You are showing people there are altertatives to the lives they have here in America. Most won’t even consider leaving as they think this is still the best place to live. Keep up the good work.

Barry April 24, 2013 at 10:27 pm

Thanks T but the really sad part of this is those reasons for the kids are exactly why the should be looking into options. Like the often quoted “you can ignore reality but you can not ignore the consequences of ignoring reality” Appreciate the comment and stay blessed.
Barry in DR

Denise April 25, 2013 at 10:13 pm

Great article and thanks for all the stats – it can be depressing if we don’t look at options. One thing that many have still in the US is the freedom to choose where they live. This freedom may be lost in the near future but as of now people can make the choice. Great that Barry and other ex-pats all over the world are letting people in the US and Canada there are viable options.

Dave June 11, 2013 at 2:15 am

Thought this would be the right article to post this link to:

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2013-06-10/majority-americans-dont-mind-being-spied-upon-pew-study-finds

I don’t really trust polls but if this is accurate then it’s pretty clear where this is all going. Hard to believe the change in just over a decade. God help us!

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