Right now, there is no indication that the world has been able to change these worrying trends.
In her book, The Watchman’s Rattle: Thinking Our Way Out of Extinction, Rebecca Costa writes about the warning signs of human and global destruction.
She asks: “Why can’t we solve our problems anymore? Why do threats such as the worldwide recession, terrorism, and global warming suddenly seem unstoppable? Are there limits to the kinds of problems humans can solve?”
She warns her readers that history is repeating itself: highly developed ancient civilizations such as the Mayans and Khmers collapsed because certain beliefs had replaced insights and facts.
So, this is the question: Is our civilization perhaps on the same downward tract due to these and related social problems that we cannot solve?