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Old April 22nd, 2011, 11:32 AM
James Brody James Brody is offline
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Arrow Our Age and Our Leaders

“An Arkansas couple split up. It was not peaceful: The woman moved in with her granddaughter, the man lived alone. However, he still craved the sweet potato pies that his ex-wife made.

“The granddaughter ordered and delivered the pies. The old woman never asked where they went and the old man never asked their origin.” (From a letter read by Bob Kingsley, American Country Countdown, 9/5/2010)

Do what we did or do something different…cultures stabilize habits in the middle of reliable assets and through the acts of old men, mothers, and small children. This works well until environments change and the cultures that fail are the ones that insist on keeping their old habits. Or get a lucky break when the invaders, weather, and earthquakes are passing things.

The cultures that follow older leaders often heighten their chances to collapse. The reason is that the most innovative brains are (usually) those of young males who (usually) have a more active right frontal cortex than the one that rides (usually) in the skulls of old males and in most – but not all – women.

Boehner, McCain, Lieberman, Romney, and Trump chant what they’ve always chanted – their futures are known by their pasts – whereas Paul Ryan, Sarah Palin, or even Barack Obama is more innovative.

Each is also a gamble. Obama leads us to disaster at a faster rate and with more cleverness than McCain or Boehner could deliver.

Ryan and Palin are young. They are untried but exceptional. But so were Churchill, MacArthur, Eisenhower, and Patton who defeated their age-mate, Adolph Hitler, who had his own big-government inventions...

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“The most visible element in the culture was the production of massive statues called moai that represented deified ancestors. It was believed that the living had a symbiotic relationship with the dead where the dead provided everything that the living needed (health, fertility of land and animals, fortune, etc.) and the living through offerings provided the dead with a better place in the spirit world. Most settlements were located on the coast and moai were erected all along the coastline, watching over their descendants in the settlements before them, with their backs toward the spirit world in the sea.

“Jared Diamond has suggested in his Collapse that cannibalism took place on Easter Island after the construction of the Moai contributed to environmental degradation when extreme deforestation destabilized an already precarious ecosystem.[20]

According to Barbara A. West, "Sometime before the arrival of Europeans on Easter Island, the Rapanui experienced a tremendous upheaval in their social system brought about by a change in their island's ecology... By the time of European arrival in 1722, the island's population had dropped to 2,000–3,000 from a high of approximately 15,000 just a century earlier."
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