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To us, the meme Civilization must continue at any cost and not be abandoned under any circumstance seems intrinsic to the human mind--self-evident, like The shortest distance between two points is a straight line. A mind that doesn't possess that meme hardly seems human to us. We imagine humanity was born with this meme in its head.

Beyond Civilization

We know that humans have tried other social organizations.

The Maya tried one--and found after three thousand years that it didn't work (at least not as well as tribalism). They returned to tribalism.

The Olmec tried one--and found after three hundred years that it didn't work (at least not as well as tribalism). They returned to tribalism.

The people of Teotihuacán tried one--and found after five hundred years that it didn't work (at least not as well as tribalism). They returned to tribalism.

Not one of their experiments survived--but tribalism did. And that's what natural selection is all about.

Beyond Civilization



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