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Short History of Progress

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A Short History of Progress The progress of human civilizations has been taken for granted because civilizations have sustained itself over a long haul, even if some were slow moving, they were works in progress. (Wright, page 8). Humans have made their way in this world by trial and error. (Wright, page 3) The potential for catastrophe seems to be built into the technological advances that spur a given civilization's expansion and dominance over others. Such as the Chinese inventing gun powder to the advancement of the atomic bomb which contributed to the Cold War in the 1940's. (Wright, page 5) Advances in human theory and technological workings are built upon prior ideologies and inventions, and the accessibility for destruction lies within each civilization's objectives and course of action. ...read more.


Eventually there is no room left for natural production and crop failure, famine and disease escalate. As population grows, supply must increase because demand increases, more babies meant more hunters. (Wright, page 39) Population growth increased difference in wealth and power. Freedom and social opportunity declined as social structures developed because boundaries hardened between groups. (Wright, page 48) Social groups split into clans or ranks, such as nobles, priests, and commoners and of course a king. (Wright, page 59) Each generation of royalty developed images that grew bigger than the last, demanding more power. (Wright, page 59) Tales about warriors taken power, competition arises as societies everywhere move towards greater size, complexity and environmental demand. ...read more.


Soon enough, Alexander the Great took it over and Rome expanded and developed into one of the strongest ancient civilizations. In human society, greed and arrogance doesn't last too long. There has always been reform and reconstruction. The assumption that a pattern of change exists, is true, our world has been advancing, slowly, but it has been a direction toward improvement. From the ability to create fire, to settling, social structures being developed, governments emerging, technologies advancing from swords to missiles, these innovations are signs of success. From ancient to modern years, human societies have had tests, and these experiments have only made succession plausible and possible because of failed societies. Our present behavior is typical of failed societies because of gluttony and conceit, so only those societies who shift to long term thinking will have true opportunities to conformity and compelling systems. (Wright) ...read more.

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