Our current structure of reality is flawed and will fall one day.
Humans have tried to use technology based on population, not "needs." My house is in a "new" area where the entire infrastructure is less than ten years old. All the latest and greatest bells and whistles, yet in that ten years we get flooding, water shortages, drain back ups, all the modern conveniences of home ownership. Over 2000 years ago the Romans and Turks had a form of indoor plumbing that worked and still would today with a little upkeep. But no, we replaced a functioning system that lasts millennium for shit that doesn't last a decade. Only so we can move it to more people over a larger area. We insisted on more land for more people to house more shit, and somebody else better make it hospitable for us. Well we developed a way to move more of our shit throughout the land and now have too much shit. Is it time to develop more "technological advances"? Let's see, if you look at as an equation it appears a little simpler than it is.
x= people y=possessions z=desire for technology
Do you still need you GPS guided satellite phone with e-mail, Internet and the ability to instantly connect with anyone if you can provide everything you need and have everyone you care about in a 5 mile radius? FUCK NO! Sure it is easier but you don't need it. So change he equation:
xyz= same as above A= Armageddon(natural or man made take your pick)
Change the people and their possessions and you get a lower "desire for technology." Sure you may have to learn how to build shelter or have some knowledge to barter with a shelter maker, how is that different than today? It is different because it forces participation in the community. Throughout history people have banded together through tragedy. Throughout history leaders have risen from the rank and file to usher in hope and prosperity in lives. With "A" being the wipe out of 80-90% of the population small communities will develop into completely independent city states, unknowingly working towards a common goal. This is where that document we alluded to in part 1 comes in. (in case you still haven't read it I will add some of the key phrases)
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government
Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.
They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.
That these united Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance
(Emphasis added by me, sorry Mr. Jefferson)
Our rights are "natural" and because of that city states will try to develop the quickest path to them they can, in a way their leaders will develop. Once the paths are started their change is difficult. That is why it is also natural for struggle and strife, natural preparation for the wars ahead.