Life is fascinating. It seems to have movements or cycles as powers rise and fall. You can see it in the natural world and you can see it in human history. I think the West is currently falling. It's being torn apart by cancerous elements within, not defeated by an external enemy; it became too big and bloated and is falling apart on its own accord. This is a slow process that could possibly be stopped or reversed at some point. Otherwise, new powers will eventually emerge out of the ashes. They may be localized at first but they will likely end up monopolizing global resources once again, in a long enough time frame. They would of course use slavery and war to do that, unless new methods are invented. The next powers could already exist (eg. China, Russia, or elements of the West lurking in the shadows) or they could not yet be born. We can't predict the future, we're just along for the ride and to effect our small role in it!mazerbeaner wrote: ↑ It's because the west spent a generation monopolizing global resources through literal slavery and war. Now that the west can't do that other countries are catching up and the competition for resources has escalated. Quality of life on the west has been declining for decades and will continue for decades more. The past was not sustainable because it was only possible by suppressing the rest of the world and living like gluttons.
Alternatively, the fall of the West could trigger the total destruction of mankind if things get very messy, in which case the cycle would continue with whatever organisms survive to continue to fight for resources in the post-human world. One thing we can say for certain is there's nothing "sustainable" about life; evolution is 3.5 billion years of ascension driven by constant change and that some humans wish to stop here and live happily ever after merely reveals something about their psychology.