[LMB] OT: Romans

Gwynne Powell gwynnepowell at hotmail.com
Thu Aug 29 16:02:36 BST 2019

Of course, this whole discussion assumes that Western civilisation has followed an upward
path. That each step has been an improvement on the last, so that the form of society that
we have now, and the structures and inventions that support it, are far better than those
that were invented and used in the past.

It certainly supports a larger population. But that's not always a great sign of success, as our
rapid overpopulation of the planet shows.

Maybe a millennia or so from now they'll be chatting about the Lost Centuries, or the Great
Dead-End, when civilisation wasted a thousand years or so on a series of tragic errors, staking
our future on forms of industry/power/etc that nearly destroyed humanity, until fortunately
they backtracked to the point where the errors started, and went down a different path.

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