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Things Fall Apart ... Sometimes

Things Fall Apart ... Sometimes

Author: Reilly Capps/Tuesday, September 9, 2014/Categories: natural history

[The Romanesco Broccoli is an example of complexity. And tasty, too. Photo by Jacopo Werther, via Wikimedia Commons]

Humans can be a morose bunch. We have nearly everything we need, but we whine because it's not perfect. We die. We get sick. We have to join Facebook. 

So we glom on to pronouncements that state that, if everything isn't terrible now, it's on its way. "Things fall apart, the center cannot hold," wrote Yeats. "All life is a process of breaking down," wrote Fitzgerald. 

But these pronouncements aren't the whole story. They just feed on our tendency toward self-pity. The large sweep of history is actually -- so far -- the story of things coming together, become more complex, more organized, more sustainable and more beautiful. 

That's the story that David Christian tells here, in our Video Pick of the Week. It's a hopeful story, and it has the added bonus of being true. 


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