Is Civilization on the Brink of Collapse?

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At its height, the Roman Empire was home to about 30 % of the world’s population, and in many ways the pinnacle of human advancement. Rome became the first city in history to reach one million inhabitants and was a center of technological, legal, and economic progress. An empire impossible to topple, stable and rich and powerful.
Until it wasn’t anymore. First slowly then suddenly, the most powerful civilization on earth collapsed. If this is how it has been over the ages, what about us today? Will we lose our industrial technology, and with that our greatest achievements, from one dollar pizza to smartphones or laser eye surgery? Will all this go away too?
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Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell
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What We Owe The Future is available now - you can get it wherever you get your (audio)books or here:
Citric Thoughts
Citric Thoughts
"We just need to actually do it." If history has proven anything it's that societies never prepare for problems until they're already collapsing from them. EDIT: Since this got so much of a response I'll add to this - society goes through cycles. The people that solve the problems are the ones that had to live with the collapse and have no choice. Sadly we're seeing the death of a golden age as the system we're in can no longer adapt to the problems we face. I like Kurzgesagt's optimism, but systems either work or they don't. Every system works until it breaks because it cannot change and ours is no different. I hope I'm wrong but if we match the pattern of history I will not be.
MKK4559
MKK4559
The art and animation are honestly some of the best, if not the best, I've ever seen. It looks cartoonish yet realistic, the nuclear explosions, ruined buildings, and cities are absolutely stunning. My favourite parts were
meltdown537
meltdown537 28 күн бұрын
Great video! At around
- Neo -
- Neo - 21 күн бұрын
"We have all the tools, all we need to do is to use them" if only the people with the money and power over industry were altruistic enough to help along, then we could solve so many problems right now. But then again, these people didn't get into these positions of power because they ever intended to be altruistic, they ended up there by stepping on and sacrificing other people and the environment. I just hope that all the little people in the world can collectively manage to make a change before it is too late, because the rich and powerful sure as hell won't.
Dave L
Dave L
At times like these, finding meaning is crucial. Ancient Stoic philosophy has some good ideas (though flawed) for this. Relying on trying to be comfortable won't cut it. We all die, we all get sick, we will all face pain (even in the best of times). We do not all truly live. Part of living a full human life is finding meaning and contributing to something larger than yourself (could be as small as a friend group or as large as humanity itself... maybe even every sentient being). We can actually be happier when we approach life by putting finding meaning first anyway.
Human Bean
Human Bean 21 күн бұрын
One thing we should really get rid of is the "just in time" distribution chains in industry, and overly complicated assemby processes (even if those are a bit cheaper). These make supply lines more vulnerable than necessary and also take a higher toll on the environment.
Sception
Sception
if the question is "is civilization about to collapse?" then an answer of "don't worry, humanity will probably survive to rebuild over the following centuries" is maybe not the most reassuring answer.
Diana Pohe
Diana Pohe 14 күн бұрын
Losing our art and history is one of the things that always made me sad about this topic. We can get back most of our technological power and knowledge, but nobody will give us back Botticelli's Birth of Venus, Michelangelo's Pietà, Monet's Impression Sunrise, Van Gogh's Starry Night, the Colosseum or la Sagrada Familia.
kim mogensen
kim mogensen 21 күн бұрын
The one about saving a lot of readily available coal for an emergency is a really good idea.
CloudierCloud
CloudierCloud
I've been reading ancient history lately and it's amazing how much of a blink of an eye our civilization actually is. My friend and I talk about loads of subjects and literally your entire video was our conversation word for word. I loved it
Gunner^
Gunner^ 14 күн бұрын
Admittedly, watching this made me enjoy my evening meal even more, like it might be the last bit of decadence I ever experience...And I realise how incredibly lucky I am to even be in this position. Watching a video like this while lazing about on holiday. I like to think that I do what I can to help civilisation remain sustainable but oh boy do we have a hell of a task ahead of us.
Storyspren
Storyspren
I'm not worried about whether civilization can recover, I'm worried about having to recover. I'm personally not that keen on experiencing civilizational collapse, and knowing that those who make it through will rebuild doesn't really change that. The bronze age collapse is a curious bit of history to us, but to the people living through it, it might as well have been the end of the world. In relation to the bronze age collapse, I'm one of the people learning about it via unfathomable technologies 3000 years later, but in relation to whatever happens in our time, collapse or no, I'm that bronze age rando who would much rather have reliable access to food and not have to go to war.
Ashwynn Newkirk
Ashwynn Newkirk 21 күн бұрын
"We could still use modern agricultural products..."
Özgür Durmaz
Özgür Durmaz
I will for sure die slowly and miserably in a highly likely global catastrophe...together with the ones I love dearly... Watching them suffer with me without any chance of saving them will be such a cruciating pain that suicide, while taking them together with me, will be the only way out. And then a few centruies later, humanity will continue its journey. Such a relief to hear it. Thanks Kurzgesagt...
Gabriel Jordan
Gabriel Jordan
As an electrician I get overwhelmed with work after a simple thunderstorm.. I couldn't imagine how stressed out I would be trying to rebuild society (assuming I live through the collapse)
Louis Sivo
Louis Sivo
Love this video! I always wondered about a collapse that took us so far back that we'd lose the ability to get back to where we had been. The biggest issue was not having easily accessible coal or oil to rebuild the stage of our industry that would allow us to then move past that. So your idea of stepping away from that now so as to leave it as an emergency resource, is a great idea. Then add in places of knowledge in a readable form, e.g. libraries, is something else we need.
ARocketScientist
ARocketScientist
I love the optimism and encouragement that this video radiates. As a dad I really do hope that my daughters will live a thriving and thrilling, long life full of wonders of technology and social advancements. But then I look at the politicians, the alleged representatives of the people, and I see nothing but selfish imbeciles on puppet strings - but I cannot see the puppeteer. This is highly discouraging with regards to the future, even though I have to admit that I personally - apart from anonymously complaining on the internet - do not do much more than that. I complain but I don't actively resist because I'd rather live a comfortable life in a wealthy country than swim against the stream I hereby complain about. So what does this make me if not a selfish imbecile...
Daniel L
Daniel L
The past couple of years has really given me this sense that the world is more unstable than just a few years ago. Maybe we aren't facing extinction, but it does feel like there is a real chance of civilization stumbling. I hope that is just a worst case scenario. But I can't help but feel a tension, a sense of fear.
Nikhil Singh
Nikhil Singh 28 күн бұрын
Thank you Kurzgesagt for providing this free education. After watching your ideas for 2 weeks I have transformed from hating science to loving it! Much love❤️
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