You can resist an invading army; you cannot resist an idea whose time has come.
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us.
The opening paragraph from Charles Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities describes our time pretty well. Society as we know it is facing extreme challenges in terms of economic crisis, social transformation and climate change. Some people describe the situation as The New Normal, referring to the lowered standard of living in the western world. And international surveys reveal a fast growing group of people believing that society actually will collapse during our lifetime.