Japan has been a crystal ball of where we are heading for decades, as they are that far ahead of us on the same curves. Short of boosting immigration rates, we are headed in their general direction, as too much up to this point has depended upon a Ponzi scheme of endless growth, which requires ever more "suckers" at the bottom, or debt, to sustain itself. Neither of which are going to work longer term without adjustments/consequences. As you say (I think), it's not what happens to you, but what you do about it.printing cash at the rate we are going will test their modern monetary theory,
for now it is the classic result i.e. inflationary spike (+ japanese-style generational indebtedness)
don't fall for the smoke and mirrors, get what you can afford now and store it
learn to purchase out-of-season and/or end-of-line model runs
the game is afoot
don't hate the game, hate the players
yes, exactly my thoughtAs you say (I think), it's not what happens to you, but what you do about it.