"The Earth is degenerating today. Bribery and corruption abound. Children no longer obey their parents, every man wants to write a book, and it is evident that the end of the world is fast approaching." --Assyrian clay tablet, ca. 2800 BC
Just remember that the next time you're angsting about elections or whatever.
(Although, I have to admit: as long as people continue to predict The End Of The World As We Know It, eventually somebody will be right...)