The end is nigh

I’m about half-way through Collapse. So far, Easter Island, a few other Polynesian islands, Anasazi society, and Mayan society have all bit the big one. Priests are praying in vain for rain, climate change is wreaking havoc, and CEOs are robbing the poor while turning a blind eye to the future. (Okay, maybe not that last one. Not exactly.)

I told my friend Carl what I was reading, which led to this conversation:

Carl: Are you sure that’s a good idea?

Tanya: Are you worried about my apocalyptic tendencies?

Carl: It’s pretty depressing.

Tanya: Yeah, but it gets better. Later in the book, there are societies that face the same challenges, and manage to survive.

Carl: I don’t think so.

Tanya: The subitle says “How Societies Choose to Succeed or Fail.” So some must succeed.

Carl: I don’t think so.

And then Carl went home. And then I read some news coverage of the drought in Somalia. And then I started digging a shelter in the backyard, and stockpiling Kraft Dinner.

Return Of The King

(Photo by Mementosis.)

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