The Big Picture

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Date of Publication: December 17, 2018

Author(s): Richard Heinberg

Newspaper: Resilience.org

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Humanity has a lot of problems these days. Climate change, increasing economic inequality, crashing biodiversity, political polarization, and a global debt bubble are just a few of our worries. None of these trends can continue indefinitely without leading to a serious failure of our civilization’s ability to maintain itself. Taken together, these metastasizing problems suggest we are headed toward some kind of historic discontinuity.

Serious discontinuities tend to disrupt the timelines of all complex societies (another name for civilizations—that is, societies with cities, writing, money, and full-time division of labor). The ancient Roman, Egyptian, and Mayan civilizations all collapsed. Archaeologists, historians, and systems thinkers have spent decades seeking an explanation for this pattern of failure—a general unified theory of civilizational collapse, if you will. One of the most promising concepts that could serve as the basis for such a theory comes from resilience science, a branch of ecology (the study of the relationship between organisms and their environments).

Read more about why systems collapse, energy, why it’s hard for humans to see what’s coming and what we can do about it by access the full article here. 

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  • Greeley Miklashek

    You can see my comment on the Resilience website attached here. Stress R Us HAPPY NEW YEAR!