Jared Diamond won the 1998 Pulitzer Prize in general nonfiction for “Guns, Germs and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies” and tonight he spoke at Wright State.
In the middle of his presentation, he talked about his worries of a growing economic divide in this country- and how the wealthy have insulated themselves from the common people. I was immediately thinking of my “Priceless video” that I posted a few weeks back. This same issue has brought previous societies to their knees, just as it is beginning to undermine our country.
Here is a quote from another site, that recounted his position:
t r u t h o u t – Jared Diamond | The Ends of the World as We Know Them
Why weren’t these problems obvious to the Maya kings, who could surely see their forests vanishing and their hills becoming eroded? Part of the reason was that the kings were able to insulate themselves from problems afflicting the rest of society. By extracting wealth from commoners, they could remain well fed while everyone else was slowly starving.
What’s more, the kings were preoccupied with their own power struggles. They had to concentrate on fighting one another and keeping up their images through ostentatious displays of wealth. By insulating themselves in the short run from the problems of society, the elite merely bought themselves the privilege of being among the last to starve.
I had the honor of asking the first question. It related to my current poll on the sidebar on the right of this page. When presented with many issues to solve, how do we find the correct root issue, and how do we get leaders that will prioritize them correctly? His answer was simple, we vote. I didn’t want to rebuke him, but, it seems voting in the last two presidential elections is part of what got us into the predicament we’re in.
I have strong feelings that my “magic wand” poll isn’t going to give us the right “root issue” as a priority, but I hope to be proved wrong. I look forward to the debate once we have enough answers to be statistically more significant.
I’m looking forward to reading my autographed copy of “Guns, Germs and Steel”- but it probably won’t be until after the primary.