Opinion (from Washington’s Blog): “… Jared Diamond’s book’s, : Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed, studies the collapse of civilizations throughout history, and finds:
“‘Civilizations share a sharp curve of decline. Indeed, a society’s demise may begin only a decade or two after it reaches its peak population, wealth and power…
“‘One of the choices has depended on the courage to practice long-term thinking, and to make bold, courageous, anticipatory decisions at a time when problems have become perceptible but before they reach crisis proportions …’”
My Comment: That is, perhaps it is not too late for the entire Western world to choose a peaceful solution to the problem: to begin to unite with us before the terrible sufferings compel us to do so.
“PhD economist Marc Faber states:
“‘How [am I] so sure about this final collapse?
“Of all the questions I have about the future, this is the easiest one to answer. Once a society becomes successful it becomes arrogant, righteous, overconfident, corrupt, and decadent … overspends … costly wars … wealth inequity and social tensions increase; and society enters a secular decline.’ …”
My Comment: Clearly, it is a pessimistic view of the future. Humanity will not be able to make a reasonable decision—to begin to unite in order to eliminate all the conflicts between itself and nature by their similarity to the integral system of nature. The easiest thing is to do nothing and allow nature to push us towards the necessary change by its own means, that is, by force.
“…18th century Scottish historian Alexander Fraser Tytler: The average life span of the world’s greatest civilizations has been 200 years progressing from “bondage to spiritual faith … to great courage … to liberty … to abundance … to selfishness … to complacency … to apathy … to dependence and … back into bondage …”
My Comment: The USA is already in the decline phase. But because it is not just egoistic linear development, like throughout our history, but the rise to a new level of universal integral dependence, of unification, similarity to unified Nature, the period of decline is not necessary. As soon as we recognize our next state, we will be able to make the transition to it outside the axis of historical time by having accelerated our evolution through the awareness of a new need.