Bane in the Dark Knight Rises said it best, "Peace has cost you your strength! Victory has defeated you!"
Technological progress masks social decay. While gun wounds have increased gun murders has decreased and the progressives celebrate their victory of marching ever leftwards to utopia. There is no social progress. There is only the advance of technology which may hasten social decay.
The technological singularity is not a given. The rate of advance of computers is not a static thing. Kurzweil's calculations tend to gloss over the most important element of building a machine, the person operating it. It's been said that we cannot see the future because of the present.
The west has a fascination with the noble savage that has become suicidal. Avatar, The Last Samurai, Dances With Wolves, multiculturalism are all related, have all fueled the suicide of the west as it has turned in fratricide against the fathers who built it from wood and rock.
In times of war, depression and suicide decreases. When faced with an external threat a nation may direct their angst outward, providing relief from their anxiety. When there is nowhere to direct this desperation it is channeled inward, toward our own demise. The only recourse is to direct hate toward culture itself and exalt the culture of others. Even when that culture is hateful and destructive, it is beyond criticism.
Few ever dare to point out that by assimilating any and all ways of life that the western cultures are lost. Diversity is not strenght. It's destruction. By celebrating the noble savage we celebrate our own demise. The world ends while we all wear party caps and play kazoos as the noble pygmy savage cannibalizes our flesh.