“It is still the 1950s in North Korea and the conflict with South Korea and the United States is still going on,” says Kathryn Weathersby, a scholar of the Korean War. “People in the North feel backed into a corner and threatened.” (source)
Happiness does not come only from material goods. Consider Ebenezer Scrooge, rich but unloved and unhappy.
5. There has been a kind of silent coup, globally, by forces loyal to excessive materialism.
This coup has various names, including neoliberalism, marketism and even communism. Happiness and well-being also depends on feelings of social connectivity and community, and also freedom, including of thought and expression (within limits - but these limits are far broader than the world is evolving towards).
"even at the top, people are becoming terrified."
"The bottom line here is that, bloody though the twentieth century was, the twenty-first century is likely to be worse—and that, if we are going to make it through, we are going to do so within a capitalist social formation. In particular, we are going to have to prioritize stabilizing the climate, while getting past capitalism will take a bit more time. And to achieve this stabilization, we are going to have to do more than just “advance an alternative vision for global society that goes beyond reformism.” We are going to have to draw global emissions down to almost zero, and we are going to have to do so fast."
So, no, I am not very hopeful. But there are people I know of and know who are far more pessimistic than I am. We have to keep trying. Clearly, we need a mix of fear and hope to move forward, an idea I have called a social vaccine.
Dean Rusk, a supporter of the war and later secretary of state, said the United States bombed “everything that moved in North Korea, every brick standing on top of another.” After running low on urban targets, U.S. bombers destroyed hydroelectric and irrigation dams in the later stages of the war, flooding farmland and destroying crops.
US "war reporters rarely mentioned civilian casualties from U.S. carpet-bombing. It is perhaps the most forgotten part of a forgotten war."