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  • "Learning and innovation go hand in hand. The arrogance of success is to think that what you did yesterday will be sufficient for tomorrow."
    - William Pollard

    Looking back, with what I know, I think it was that precise arrogance that left us unprepared for the glitch. When things started going awry we did not have the social structure to withstand the hardships we faced. Violent people, fear, and hate all rose to fill the gaps in our structure. We'd replaced social structure with instant gratification and capitalism was the god of that pleasure. Behind the scenes fear was a whip to keep everyone in line. Fear of not being popular. Not being loved. Fear of failure. Fear of losing your job. Fear of getting booted to the street. Fear of war. Fear of destruction. All of it herded people into close minded niche corrals. And when the structure finally faltered those fear filled people filled the streets with rage. In just a matter of weeks ten thousand years of civilization, innovation, and growth simply unraveled. A few weeks later it was as if we'd never had a society. If it weren't for the ruins and memories I doubt anyone visiting from another world would have ever known man walked here.
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