The Principle of Opposing Currents

All things come to pass through the compulsion of strife; this law of nature was perceived by Heraclitus, purely through introspection. With the advent of methods of collecting empirical data, this observation has been validated. The form of the universe (as humans perceive it), is the result of the movement and interaction of matter. This form is ever changing, and as far as anyone is aware has always been and will always be changing. Heraclitus knew this as ‘Becoming’, he saw that it applied to everything from the smallest detectable partition of matter to the greatest system of objects; thus it applies to human beings, and all things produced by human beings.

Civilization is a monument of human endeavor, it is a system of rules that prescribe the method in which humans interact with one another and their environment. Civilization as we know it today has a great tendency to mold its components into a more or less homogeneous state, those components which do not conform are either destroyed, expelled, or condemned to an existence constantly under siege. The larger a civilization becomes, the more controlling and intractable  it becomes.

Change and adaption being the nature of the universe, civilization faces greater levels of resistance as it grows. This has always led to violence against both the environment and those who reject what civilization stands for. The end result of this cycle of violence has thus far been the fall of all known civilizations and untold slaughter.

Civilization has proven itself to be a culture of death, a self destructive system that promotes control. As the monstrosity expands, it demands more control; as it exerts more force, it provides more resistance to change until inevitably, it snaps. When it snaps, oh boy, it snaps (See immediate post-war Germany).