I just finished a six-DVD, 36-lecture "Teaching Company" course, which covered 2 1/2 million years (quite literally) of human history. I guess the most striking thing for me is the point being unforgettably (I hope) brought home that there have been hundreds, and perhaps thousands, of civilizations on this planet, and none of them have survived for any extraordinary period of time.
Virtually all have succumbed to foreign invasion, environmental factors (climate change, droughts, floods, earth quakes, volcanoes, ice ages, etc.), and/or perhaps the most common cause: an unsustainable concentration of wealth and power in the hands of the few. Interestingly, the environmental factors often worked in tandem with the concentration of wealth and power to lay waste once great empires.
So, why did we think we'd be the exception? Because our system was so uniquely well-thought out, and therefore flawless? This indoctrination I guess started at my birth and has continued right up to the present. I'm now 58, and just beginning to snap out of it...
I have been in the auto-parts business for over 35 years. I am passionately interested in all phases of public affairs and am deeply concerned about where this once great nation is now, and where we are headed.
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