A little thing leads to an unstoppable destruction that could have been prevented if you’d listened and thought a bit.
It seems we’re entering another of those stupid seasons humans impose on themselves at fairly regular intervals. We humans have a habit of going into phases of mass destruction, generally selfi-imposed to some extent or another.
Wars are actually the norm for humans, but every now and then something big comes along. I am interested in the Black Death, which devastated Europe. It is as beyond imagination as the Somme Hiroshima or the Holocaust. For those in the midst of the Plague, it must have felt like the end of the world.
At a local level in time, people think things are fine — then things rapidly spiral out of control until they become unstoppable, and we wreak massive destruction on ourselves. For the people living in the midst of this, it is hard to see happening and hard to understand. To historians later, it all makes sense and we see clearly how one thing led to another.
As the events that led to the First World War unfolded, there were a few brilliant minds who started to warn that something big was wrong, that the web of treaties across Europe could lead to war, but they were dismissed as hysterical or fools, as is always the way, and as people who worryabout Putin, Brexit and Trump are dismissed now.