I think I’ve mentioned it in another thread, but I’m currently making my way through “The Better Angels Of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined” by Stephen Pinker. The answer to the title of this thread is answered at least in part by him, in terms of reduction of violence worldwide. He hasn’t gone into much detail on the value of available energy to making people less violent; if memory serves, I think he found sources which made that hypothesis dubious. But, he does focus a lot on cultural change, game theory stuff, and psychology, amongst other things. It’s a big book.
Somehow when viewing the news of the world around us, in particular the middle east, but also south/central america, africa, asia well heck all sorts of places, seems that violence is plenty rampant. Worse the breakdown in civility within government and towards government. Sure we have it good in this country… so far…
What with that “war on terror” and all it’s cascading consequence, seems there’s more back sliding then ever.
And that isn’t even mentioning the environmental damages and their impacts on people’s quality of life, health.
Chemical/Petroleum spills everywhere and the people in charge couldn’t give a damn… while the masses suffer.
Oh and not to mention the legacy of rotting, ill maintained infrastructure… including atomic, chemical, petroleum…
Oh dear, sorry it goes on and on - and at every turn more self destructive choices are made.
And the more vicious the power structure is getting.
Just consider the madness that has gripped the Canadian government.
Oh and that’s just scratching the surface of part of it in Canada.
… NPR news this evening really got me on roll… I’ll shut up and go to my room now.