I like Ben Stein. He is a funny guy. But his “all old people will eat cat food scare tactic (PDF)” is short-sighted. An excerpt:
“What will it be like to live in the horrible new dog-eat-dog world, with no one caring whether you live or die — and have no money? What will it be like on that crowded freeway? You don’t want to find out…But be very scared — and start doing something about it now. Tomorrow is too late. Do it now.”
The world has always been dog eat dog. That’s life. But being “scared” into doing “something” is not the best plan exactly. There is no need to be scared of the future. The first step is education. The last step is education. Fear for the sake of fear never helps anyone.