Failure?

Reading through the comments in an article at The Automatic Earth I came across this:

As I talk to colleagues who are unable to see our civilization is already dead, it occurs to me their self-absorbed denial comes from a terror of recognizing how badly they’ve failed their own children, providing so little of essential value.

The above is a common thread about the near and far future of our world and what it is we will be living in that pops up on the AE as well as blogs such as Sharon Astyk’s Casaubon’s Book, Jim Kunstler’s Clusterfuck Nation, John Michael Greer’s Arch Druid Report and Orlov’s Club Orlov.