Those businesses still opening their doors struggle on in the forlorn hope of a return to good times. The up-payable government debt continues on its exponential rocket-ride. Muslim savages bomb and maim, hacking at the foundations of civilization in a world war that most do not yet realise they are fighting.
Meanwhile, governments spend their days (and our money) worrying about transgender equality, climate change and an assortment of other frivolities. The idiocy of our political class is truly a greater threat to civilization than terrorism.
Comparisons with Nero fiddling while Rome burnt have some merit, though circumstances are more akin to the fall of Constantinople. Unlike the passing of Byzantium, current events will not birth a new and better world; they will birth a return to the Stone Age.
The wild theories of the conspiracists look rather insipid compared to reality.