Re: Ugh... Stuck between a rock and a hardplace.
Kahn, besides a few variables, I am in the same exact position as you are. It is the cliche living in two worlds that fascinates me in some respects, all the while it takes everything inside to not let it bring me down. Into either depression, or non-action.
What I have learned thus far is that we are all in this together.
There is a difference between fear-mongering and knowing about things, and self-education and improvement that manifests into positive action when the time is right.
We need to find our balance and try to isolate our divine image from the psycho-babble that we consciously/subconsciously create, or is picked up by/implanted into our psyche from the outside sources that bombard us in everyday life. Self-control is a must. It takes time, but positive growth will occur exponentially if you are centered and have your intentions in order, as opposed to staggered growth/regression for the unbalanced individual.
Truth be told, besides our personal paranormal experiences and synchronicities, we are just over-zealous information-disposals that have read all that we could get our mouse cursors on top of. What I'm trying to get at is that nobody knows what is going to happen in the near future. We get to the point where our mind is inventing a probable future based on what information it has available to it. That might not be "the future," but deep down it feels like it is, and on some level that we have already lived it. We have to learn how to observe and identify our human/animal instincts and reactions, and replace them with balanced responces from our source. Which with time will become our reactions.
A very possible near future is one in which a Great-er Depression has occurred. Like yourself, I believe all the signs are pointing to this occurance. This is the major reason I have taken time off from school, because I feel that we in the US will be living under different circumstances quite possibly very soon. I would like very much to move out of the suburban area that I live in, because cities will be hellholes if any of the possible futures I can envision do happen to occur.
Stepping back, outside of the haze of contemporary American/western conditioning, and looking at the state of the world and how we live through the eyes of history, it is as if I am reading about this in a text book. And the next chapter is the fall of the American Empire. "Insert 'suprise' catastrophe" caused the complete collapse of the nation's infrastructure and panic ensued.
(...On second thought, there really doesn't even have to be a big trigger to an economic collapse, given how seemingly fragile the situation is. To me, it is a miracle in itself that nothing has occured yet. Its like God hit the pause button on the controller because he had to take a piss. We're all just waiting for him to come back...)
Cities bad, rural communities good.
The moral of the story. No-thing in terms of physical/material preparation can/will replace a strong, balanced spiritual foundation.
Learn exactly who you are, and what you truly want at the level of your highest self. Be true to that and you will spread truth and the light.