It would seem like you latched onto a word and are ignoring the context. I've said, in essence:
In other words, I said that the most likely option is one where we could either decline or thrive.
- We're not going to just collapse
- A long slow decline is possible
- What is far more likely is that there will be a change to the world political stage and how we adjust to it will dictate how well we end up doing down the road
You, quoting my entire post, say you think it would be a change and not a decline.
Since I said an implosion isn't happening and a decline is possible but that a change is more likely, I think it's safe to say I was focusing on the change possibility and not the decline possibility.
So, yeah, I used the word decline, but the possibility of a decline wasn't the thrust of my point.