We have had the ability since I was a child to prepare for energy crises, climate crises, and societal crises, and instead of dealing with them we went into denial while chasing short-term profits.
And so we are now woefully unprepared for the various imminent disasters which could befall us. We will suffer more than necessary because of our short-sightedness.
As Americans, we have set an example for the world. It hasn't ended up being a very good one, imo.
I like the Wilkinson quote a lot. I will hold it in my consciousness, and my heart.