Every nation has its downfall. The people of Aad. The ancient Egyptians. Our own downfall is inevitable, when we will be wiped from the earth, leaving only traces behind us. But where some left great pyramids and others palaces carved into mountains, wouldn’t it be a tragedy if the monuments we left for the millennia ahead were the vast mountains of landfill waste and oceans of plastic? A thousand years from now, will humble folk travel through the earth, wondering at the fate of this squanderful generation, who achieved so much only to depart leaving nothing but rubbish and environmental catastrophe? Our global culture but a footnote in the annals of time, like the Inca of South America. Though it is doubtful we will heed the lessons of history in time.

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