Collapse of Societies
The collapse of societies has happened time and time again throughout history. It has come from resource depletion, climate change, debasing the currency, natural disasters, political dysfunction, war, famine, disease, and varying combinations of these. The inability to act before these problems caused a catastrophic failure of the social systems allows this to happen.
The normalcy bias explains that we often think that our way of life will continue, because it has 'always' been this way, therefore it will continue to be this way. However, taking an objective view would reveal that this is not the case for human societies. Our continuous way of life depends on the life giving properties of the planet and our ability to sustainably harness and maintain them for our benefit.
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