We should ask the native Americans (north, central, and south) how well you bounce back from 'dark times'. Sometimes you don't, you just get replaced by a group more capable of violence than yourselves. Worth remembering that the US government is an anomaly. Every other government that had an overwhelming power gap from its peers attempted to conquer them.History, so far, has shown that humans are pretty resilient in the face of our own stupidity. In fact, every dark time throughout our history has shown that humans have emerged more prosperous than before. Strongmen don’t live forever and people tend to get tired of the impact of their bs policies and actions relatively quickly.