I think this is the true world narrative right now: All of us just want meaningful lives, access to water and food that isn't poisonous, the freedom to live and love without being under the boot.If people were just willing to get off their cell phones they could learn...
My grandad on my father's side built several houses out of field stone, his family had 100's of acres of farmland. My grandma told me about how so many people came to the farm to ask for food during the great depression. At one time, our family kept a large part of Lincolnton NC from starving to death.
My mother's family were much poorer, (they lived in Appalachia) but were very strong and self-sufficient.
This has always been what people have wanted for a very very long time and it's now become a carrot on a stick that we all struggle paycheque to paycheque hoping will be in our lives somehow, while we tolerate this perpetual nightmare.
Meanwhile, I believe that it's become abundantly clear to most peoples of all walks of life that our media, both journalistic and entertainment oriented have gone completely insane. It's become well known that 6 major corporations control all the journalistic media outlets and it's clear that no matter what company you work for, if you don't tow the party line, you will be replaced by someone who can and will. It's not necessarily that the news anchors are organic portals, it's that they are controlled by fear.
Your parents ability to exist without dependency on various corporate/government industries (world trade, water, and power as examples) is the type of thing that can lead us out of this dark cave. If we, along side our youth, friends, and family, can coordinate and work together to start becoming self sufficient, we can make the framework for survival more important than the need to pay attention to billionare curated news feeds.