When did we give up?

When did the world "give up"? I know that I missed the announcement, but I haven't missed the consequences.

When I was growing up, the world had such promise. Not just for me, but for everyone.

"Live better, Electrically" has given way to "Less costs More".

Instead of having "a place to stand" and "a place to grow", we now have a "have not" province.

The unbridled exploration of space has become the wanton destruction of our environment.

The "nuclear age" is now the "unclear age".

Somewhere between the 1960's and now, we collectively gave up all that promise, lost our hope, and decided that poverty and worry were the only ways to live.