Everyone: take a good look at this moment you are experiencing. It will come again. The variation will be in details, not essence. Why? Because of fear and optimism. We are generally afraid to do anything different from what we know, and significantly optimistic that this time around it’ll turn out different. So human behaviour is repeated, and so are mistakes 🙂
Anyone in doubt please read “Collapse” by Jared Diamond. Or the newspapers for that matter. Or a history book. Or real-life botched-crime stories. Or divorce case transcripts. (On second thoughts, strike the last one if you have any desire to retain an iota of optimism regarding human goodness or romance.)
Anyone still in doubt, witness that even in their “Second life“, people are suing each other, stealing intellectual property, and there’s a ban on gambling. Worse yet, there is a whole new field of “virtual law” (and lawyers), and sites — such as (interestingly named) virtually blind — describing the legalities as they apply to the virtual world. (My guess is the lawyers’ fees will be very real.) Now, if the purpose of a “second” life is to escape from this one, we ain’t doin’ a grand job of it! Sounds pretty close to planet Earth to me 🙂
Anyone continuing to remain in doubt… what did life do to you?!