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At the same time that speaker's video presentation shows people with posters saying things like "the end of the world is near."
Those posters, however, were presented a long time ago and the world did not end in a time frame that viewers are likely to consider "near".
What the posters and the speaker should be urging, if they want the support of documented history and herstory, is "The End of Civilization is Near."
That "end" is an ongoing reality.
A reality that history and herstory keeps repeating in Groundhog Day fashion (Groundhog Day & The Climate of Fear).
That version is well documented:
But always TCS [the creep state] is primarily the population segment diagnosed as a despotic minority which the once most-often-quoted historian, Toynbee, fingered as one of the members of the trinity of extinction that he found in all civilizations that were about to become very successful at becoming extinct:(Arrested Development: The Creep State). The long and the short of it is that cultures devolve over and over again because bad choices exceed good choices.
That something is the dementia that produces and ends up in suicide:(Etiology of Social Dementia - 18). That particular "minority" is not a racial or ethnic minority, rather, it is primarily composed of a destructive suicidal trance (Choose Your Trances Carefully, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8).
"In other words, a society does not ever die 'from natural causes', but always dies from suicide or murder --- and nearly always from the former, as this chapter has shown."(A Study of History, by Arnold J. Toynbee). There is no cure for the final symptom of that group dementia, there is only prevention by way of avoiding it altogether in the first place.
The components of that group dementia were pointed out in an encyclopedia piece concerning that historian quoted above:
"In the Study Toynbee examined the rise and fall of 26 civilizations in the course of human history, and he concluded that they rose by responding successfully to challenges under the leadership of creative minorities composed of elite leaders. Civilizations declined when their leaders stopped responding creatively, and the civilizations then sank owing to the sins of nationalism, militarism, and the tyranny of a despotic minority. Unlike Spengler in his The Decline of the West, Toynbee did not regard the death of a civilization as inevitable, for it may or may not continue to respond to successive challenges. Unlike Karl Marx, he saw history as shaped by spiritual, not economic forces" ...(Encyclopedia Britannica, emphasis added). The show stopper, in terms of remedy, in this type of group dementia is that it is a contagious dementia.
We see from time to time those who say that because someone miscalculated an event (e.g. a peak oil date) that it means they are forever wrong about everything.
Typically they then conclude that the event that was miscalculated will NEVER happen.
Let’s say the event date predicted was 100 years off, but then it did happen on a later date.
The person who miscalculated was off about 100 years but the denier was off by forever minus 100 years.
Who is to be chided the most in such a case?
The Tenets of Ecocosmology, The Machine Religion, or the video below may not answer the question in a manner we would choose.