We blew it the first time around, and blew it badly. This time we will probably make mistakes again, but we can learn from our past, and not make the same mistakes again.
At least it seems that way to me – hardly a role model for doing things right.
The first step, as always, is realizing that we went wrong – badly wrong. And right here we run into a problem – as long as their world is barely limping along, people will steadfastly believe nothing is wrong with it. And refuse to do anything to fix it. “If it ain’t broke, they will say, why fix it?” Instead of being reasonable, and fixing things, a bit at a time.
If anyone tries to say it is broke, for one reason or another – their backs will get up, and they will attack the messenger – instead of recognizing the problem.
This has been a problem ever since we became civilized, in Mesopotamia, thousands of years ago. A part of our history we have carefully overlooked. Instead of regarding their problems, as basic ones that came with all the advantages of civilization – we will continue to make the same mistakes, over and over again.
We cannot make gradual, basic improvements to the way we are.