How Societies Choose to Fail or Survive
Just by touching the book prompts me a reminiscent wave of thrilling history rides through dozens of civilizations, some of which were thriving, flourishing, collapsed while others are around today fighting to their predicaments. From the ancient civilizations of Easter Island, the Mayans, Norse Greenland to modern states of Rwanda, Dominican Republic, China, and Japan, professor Diamond proved to be adept at pulling different data points and integrating several disciplines highlight his five-point framework of how a society thrive in the face of hostility. While most of us are living in a state of what Peter Thiel called “indefinite optimism,” in which people faithfully believe in a good world without knowing how it will happen, Collapse provides some hints to the most challenging of uncertainty: Is the society model that we are building is sustainable or is it heading to an end?
Collapse worth more attention than just a thrilling adventure to some exotic parts of world history. It is a collection of case studies from which the author expect some destructive patterns would be seen through, thoroughly inspected so that we, as one human race will not follow into the footsteps of our ancestor.
Some folks will unavoidably mistrust the credibility of this historical method, questioning if old society models are still applicable to the contemporary massively interconnect world where one hardly falls without tremendous support poured from all sides. True! It is undeniable that the isolated civilizations are no longer prevailing thanks to the development of technology and international trading bridges. However, as Jared voices his concern, we are approaching 8 billion, with many emerging communities joining the lavish lifestyle of the first world countries. We are facing more complicated environmental issues and different political conflicts than before. So it is almost like a positive correlation between the advancement of our intelligence and the size of the problems. In this way, Collapse is a valuable book of reference.
The reason I don’t give Collapse 5 start is that its data is outdated, provided that it was written in the 2000s. This should not be taken seriously, though, because the 20-year gap is relatively short compared to the hundreds of years of length in the development process of societies discussed in the book.
September 1, 2020 at 3:00:00 PM
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