Some random questions we're bound to ask ourselves every once in a while: Are things getting better, or are they getting worse? Is it going to get worse before it gets better? What is there to learn from hard times that we didn't know already?
Whether or not you can -- or dare to -- answer these questions is up to you. While I can't help you in the slightest, I strongly encourage you to look for hints and watch Oliver Stone's interview as recently published on The Grey Zone channel (via YouTube). Stone is an extraordinary scriptwriter and cinematographer; he just published a book -- Chasing the light -- a memoir that is well worth reading. I will be reviewing it shortly in The Journal.
Warnings: 1) Neither the memoir nor the interview will provide direct answers to the questions above. 2) Both may contain serious hints.