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  •  I couldn't agree with you more. History has (1+ / 0-)
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    shown that massive crisis leads to a loss of reason and an embracing of "religion" or theocracy in the midst of chaos.

    Many great civilizations, with substantial scientific, mathematical and written knowledge have existed before us.  And they have lost it all.  Fortunately, we rediscovered much of that knowledge, but there is much we do not still know about past civilizations.

    The Enlightenment was only a short time ago, as far as human civilization goes. We could easily lose that progress and fall back into superstition, "survivalist" style politics and hateful splinter groups in substantial numbers.

    Civilization itself is at stake, as well as the survival of so many species (many of which we still have not discovered), and the survival of billions of people.

    Humans will likely continue to exist in some numbers, but in a vastly remade world that is a lot harsher and unforgiving.

    What a Police State Looks Like: "On one side: soft human flesh, unprotected human skulls, cardboard signs, slogans they chant, armed with belief in 1st Amendment rights. On the other: helmets, body armor, guns, batons, chemical weapons." -- JanetRhodes

    by YucatanMan on Mon Mar 12, 2012 at 10:10:12 AM PDT

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    •  I fear you're correct (0+ / 0-)

      Nevertheless, I try to keep a small little garden of hopesprouts potted in my soul (next to the birdhouse).  One reason why is the woman I mention above in my reply to radv005.

      We may make it yet, even when it's clear the system as a whole is paralyzed.

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