One of the reasons I’ve always enjoyed studying past civilizations is because I had this wonderfully romantic image that these people attained advanced knowledge without destroying their world around them. (I often blame our quest for better technologies for many of our ecological woes, and yet haven’t quite figured out how to be a Green Techie myself.)
Amusingly enough, it’s now been discovered that we’d just be following in Mayan footsteps. I won’t lie. I’m heartbroken. My wonderfully romantic image of people thriving with advanced knowledge in a cleaner environment has gone out the window.
I guess it just to shows that people have always been, and will continue to be, people. We just keep finding shinier ways to pull off stupid human tricks.