the long-term human potential as a conscious and intelligent entity despite the overwhelming evidence to the contrary.
Population is the primary driver of the cycle of civilization. Secondary factors such as resources, technology and organization can only delay the crash phase of the cycle, never eliminate it. We subconsciously understand that the crash phase is a different mode of experience, so it feels apocalyptic and final, though it is not. Only direct control of population density could soften the crash phase; as our civilization is now worldwide, such control would also necessarily have to be worldwide. All such ideas are currently so dangerous, so taboo that no leader can afford to even mention them in public. It is apparently so much easier to just allow the crash to happen 'naturally'.
This would be acceptable if the depth of the crash were in similar proportion to those of the past. But because of the greater mass and uncertainty involved in the technology and other factors of worldwide civilization, we may fall to much greater and more terrible depths. What to do, if anything?
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