Of course, there are significant correlations to be found between ancient civilisations and our own of today, the difference being that contemporary
civilisation is far more globalised and interconnected, and probably more fragile because of its dependence on fossil fuels, electricity, and
technology. Therein will lay the demise of our globalised and interconnected civilisation. We can also add another ingredient to the mix that will
also lead to the current civilisation's demise, and that is the need for fresh water.
The world is undergoing global climate change, shifting weather patterns, and the destabilising of normal and temperate expected seasons. We already
see areas of the planet that are becoming uninhabitable to humans and other life forms on land and sea, and this will cause migrations, and in human
terms...conflict. As the technological countries seek to maintain their technological grip, and to maintain the resources to feed that technology, and
thus to retain their levels of lifestyle, they will need to seek the resources elsewhere, other than local. Again, this will lead to conflict. It will
be either your country or my country that falls. It is inevitable, because the resources we all similarly need are finite, and are quickly coming to
the point where we cannot extract them with ease or low cost. Fracking, for instance, is a measure of desperation, bringing with it local seismic and
contaminating problems, and is a sign of normal resource depletion. Fracking wouldn't be happening if normal resources were not coming to depletion
Of course, no one will be told that resources are depleting, but that everything is fine, continue as normal. We've already seen the West make
resource grabs in Iraq, but disguised as a humanitarian action, and we'll no doubt see a few more.
History repeats because of human needs and wants, and the problem for our species is that we are not advanced enough with philosophical maturity, nor
capable of summoning up the will to act correctly and empathetically towards each other. All the ways we have become globally connected will
eventually fracture and become disconnected out of resource necessity. Economies will eventually contract and shrink, and you will see this through
the continued adjustments made to them. Eventually, conflict will take us by the scruff of the neck and take us out, probably within the next
Our species is not advanced enough to take to the stars, so we are stuck for the foreseeable future on this planet scrapping for the resources. The
current global civilisation is at the beginning of its end, and that end will come at us ever more rapidly, unless we can find a way to stave it off,
but that would require the will to correct action, and I won't hold my breath on that score.
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