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æ naturaltreatment Ú Immoderate Greatness explains how a civilization’s very magnitude conspires against it to cause downfall Civilizations are hard wired for self destruction They travel an arc from initial success to terminal decay and ultimate collapse due to intrinsic inescapable biophysical limits combined with an inexorable trend toward moral decay aSumption To avoid the common fate of all past civilizations will reuire a radical change in our ethos to wit the deliberate renunciation of greatness lest we precipitate a dark age in which the arts and adornments of civilization are partially or completely los A detailed and sometimes very deep and analytical read on the patters of the rise and fall of civilizations Mr Ophuls uses a LOT of reference material and in particular the thesis present by Sir John Glubb which he adds detail to Worth reading to get and understanding of how mankind history nature society economics and ecology are all intertwined and create a scenario that has been repeated over 3000 years and that will surely ontinue to play itself out in the future

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Able biophysical limits combined with an inexorable trend toward moral decay and practical failure Because our own civilization is global its collapse will also be global as well as uniuely devastating owing to the immensity of its population complexity and con This is a short 70 page highly readable book summarizing why complex civilizations fail And all civilizations are complex The Table of Contents summarizes the 6 ways to fail These include Biophysical Limits Ecological Exhaustion Exponential Growth Expedited Entropy Excessive Complexity and Human Error Moral Decay Practical FailureThe chapters on Biophysical Limits will be familiar to many folks with an environmentsustainability leaning But they don't feel like a rehash like a good synthesis from someone with a deep understanding of the subject matterThe Human Error chapters were less familiar for me The chapter on Moral Decay was the hardest to read as it seemed at times like a right wing rant But that is misleading as it is much deeper than a right wing rant It relies mostly on the views of Sir John Bagot Glubb who believed that the history of civilizations describes an arc that starts with an Age of Pioneers or Conuests and then moves successively through the Ages of Commerce Affluence and Intellect before terminating in an Age of Decadence Two implacable forces propel this movement First in a process analogous to ecological succession each age creates socioeconomic conditions favorable to the emergence of the next Second each new generation therefore grows up in altered circumstances that foster a changed way of thinking and acting The outcome is a positive feedback loop in which changed material conditions engender mental changes that foster still material change and so on until the civilization declines into decadenceIt's hard to disagree with the conclusions of this book that we are headed for failure on a global scaleHighly recommended

William Ophuls Ý Immoderate Greatness book

Immoderate GreatnessImmoderate Greatness explains how a civilization’s very magnitude conspires against it to cause downfall Civilizations are hard wired for self destruction They travel an arc from initial success to terminal decay and ultimate collapse due to intrinsic inescap