Why is it sad? We are a microwave society that wants things cheap and fast. We want to earn more and pay less for stuff. We have migrated from a industrial workforce to a service workforce. We have the technology and resources to make us petroleum independent but choose to make 3rd world dictators rich beyond belief.
Sad, yes, what we have become as a nation. Am I bitter, yes, for what we're leaving our children and grandchildren, cause we were better than this.