26 December 2010

Abundance and security enable decay

The oriental notion of yin-yang, where every moment has the seeds of its own destruction built into it, has a biblical counterpart: scarcity and threat enable growth while abundance and security enable decay. 
The logic of decadence – the four horsemen of the modern apocalypse: emigration, disease, famine, war, coupled to the fifth horseman, climate change – is the logic of abundance unrestrained. 
When we need to deal with the forces of darkness we need to understand how abundance changes the playing field for human societies. 

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