"Happy mortal. When you read me, I will not be any more, "writes Joachim Martin on one of the found plates, clearly showing his will to leave a trace of his existence, but also of his thoughts. "My story is short and sincere and frank, because no one will see my writing is a consolation for forced to be read"
Under the floors of the castle of Picomtal. The posthumous writings of a carpenter from the Hautes-Alpes (1880-1881) by Jacques-Olivier Boudon
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It's worse than that. As ever more powerful weaponry gets concentrated in to ever fewer hands, without a corresponding increase in wisdom to forestall their use, there are likely to be very dire consequences for a humanity that seems prone to something like autoimmune reactions on societal levels (ie. humanity seen as an organism attacking itself).
I would be surprised if civilization as we know it lasted another couple of hundred years.
As Einstein once said, "I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones."
Tiger salamanders, when facing overpopulation in crowded communities, will have a few larva spontaneously develop larger frames, bigger jaws and hyperaggressive, cannibalistic demeanors. The "cannibal morphs" will attempt to devour those in the community most distantly related first, which clears some room and confers a selective advantage on its closest kin.
Probably risky to read too much into that. We aren't tiger salamanders, after all, and they don't, far as I can tell, debate and refine their own ethics in any meaningful way.
Still, it's terrifying to consider that tribalism and even genocide might have an evolutionary tailwind.
I'm not an evolutionary fatalist... but it would suggest we have a lot of work to do.
Also : the notion of "the tape getting erased" mentioned above reminds me strongly of William Burroughs' idea that ideas, memories, and other cultural / personal info-artifacts are dependent on [paraphrasing here] their being written to memetic tapes. which are liable to erasure, editing, degradation etc etc as social and psychological processes work.
It ended in 1945 that's 73 not 83
We have a few things they didn't have back in the 1800s: easy access to paper and other means of recording. We have, for example, Patton writing a letter to his wife regretting his role in WWII. We have the red cross's thorough paperwork on their examination of the German work camps.
1st person accounts of events will endure. It won't prevent things from going full circle, though.
More to the point, many years ago I visited one of those camps, and you can still feel the evil.
Anyway, to my point: this was nearly the first thing that showed up when I googled https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ges-Od4tR0I
And also, of course, that what makes America great is it’s welcoming attitude to immigrants.”
At the start of the war on 1 September 1939, the Allies consisted of France, Poland and the United Kingdom, as well as their dependent states, such as British India. Within days they were joined by the independent Dominions of the British Commonwealth: Australia, Canada, New Zealand and South Africa. After the start of the German invasion of North Europe until the Balkan Campaign, the Netherlands, Belgium, Greece, and Yugoslavia joined the Allies. After first having cooperated with Germany in invading Poland whilst remaining neutral in the Allied-Axis conflict, the Soviet Union perforce joined the Allies in June 1941 after being invaded by Germany. The United States provided war materiel and money all along, and officially joined in December 1941 after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. China had already been in a prolonged war with Japan since the Marco Polo Bridge Incident of 1937, but officially joined the Allies in 1941.
Are you saying this isn't a fact?
People who remember what life was like 83 years ago are in their 90s now. That means they'd have been children when the war was happening. They didn't foster war. Their parents and grandparents did, and even then only under great duress. The majority of ordinary people didn't want another war.