The first I heard of our current situation was back in the 60s, and pretty much as it’s happening now. Oh, not the exact details, but pretty much what we’re now seeing.
You see, back then we had studies. Studies of what happens when a population gets crowded beyond what they can handle. Put too many rats in an enclosure and the males start fighting, mothers start killing and eating their young social aberrations proliferate. You may say that humans can’t be like that, but we’re still animals and we’re not immune to our genes.
We could change things, but first, we need to accept that we have a problem and that problem is our doing.
We are smarter than rats. We are more capable of handling this than rats are. We can reason to a much greater extent, but as long as we insist that we don’t need to address matters things will continue to get worse.
You could say that we are going through an evolutionary crisis, behaviors that gave us an advantage in the old days no longer word in today’s world. Our environment — physical, social, and emotional — has changed, and those who can’t handle the change have lost.
We’re in a revolution. A social, emotional, behavioral revolution, but still a revolution. People literally die in a revolution and there is fuck all you can do about it. Societies are transformed by revolutions, much as American society was changed by the Civil Rights movement, and continues to change today.
To our descendants just a century from now our society will seem prehistoric. To them, it will be a time of violence and war. To them, our lives will be nasty, brutish, and short. It won’t be just another country but another world.
Donald J. Trump is only a symptom of the turmoil, a turmoil that goes back to the 17th century, if not earlier. A series of assaults on our assurances and complacencies. We made assumptions and now reality is taking a bit out of our asses.
We’re in for hard times, that’s my assessment. A lot of us are going to die, and most of the deaths will be violent. I expect a demographic crisis — a population collapse in other words, and those who survive to carry on the species will be rather different from us. It’s what happens in a revolution and there’s damn all you can do about it. The lights are going out all over the world, and it will be generations before they shine again.
That’s my take. You don’t have to agree with it, but keep in mind that we’ve seen this sort of thing before. From the fall of the Empire of Uruk to today it’s been going on for thousands of years. I expect it to happen again to our descendants, though I don’t expect it to be as bad as our experience for a thousand years at least. Disagree if you feel led to, but remember my rule, be nice.