Modern Primitive Society

The snow caps are melting and glaciers are retreating at an alarming rate. Recently the BBC News reported that when it comes to global warming we are damned if we do and we are damned if we don’t. Researchers have found that clean air trends are now contributing to our man-made global warming. From BBC News:

Research presented at a major European science meeting adds to other evidence that cleaner air is letting more solar energy through to the Earth’s surface.

Other studies show that increased water vapour in the atmosphere is reinforcing the impact of man-made greenhouse gas emissions.

Scientists suggest both trends may push temperatures higher than believed.

Not to long ago I posted a quote from Collapse: How Societies Choose To Fail Or Succeed by Jared Diamond. In Collapse, societies that have failed such as that of Easter Island, Norse Greenland, and the Anasazi are examined so that we can learn from those past societies. As Diamond notes in his book, a critic might oppose:

“It’s ridiculous to suppose that the collapse of all those ancient peoples could have broad relevance today, especially to the modern U.S. Those ancients didn’t enjoy the wonder of modern technology, which benefits us and which lets us solve problems by inventing new environment-friendly technologies. Those ancients had the misfortune to suffer from effects of climate change. They behave stupidly and ruined their own environment by doing obviously dumb things, like cutting down their forests, overharvesting wild animals sources of their protein, watching their topsoil erode away, and building cities in dry areas likely to run short of water. They had foolish leaders who didn’t have books and so couldn’t learn from history, and who embroiled them in expensive and destabilizing wars, cared only about staying in power, and didn’t pay attention to problems at home.”

We are a modern society with books and technology yet a lot of the rationale which leads to the tragedy of the commons, war, genocide, discrimination, et cetera are based on the same thinking and logic used by our primitive ancestors when they painted in caves and whose most advance technology was the sharp end of a stick.

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One Response to Modern Primitive Society

  1. Good post. Nope they can’t see the collapse coming, and I almost have to wonder if they will recognize it during or after, or just think they are individually unlucky. So many people’s self-identity is just completely tangled in with civilization that the cognitive dissonance will be staggering.

    Peace, Ryvr

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