Collapse Quotes

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“It's so curious: one can resist tears and 'behave' very well in the hardest hours of grief. But then someone makes you a friendly sign behind a window, or one notices that a flower that was in bud only yesterday has suddenly blossomed, or a letter slips from a drawer... and everything collapses. ”

“Fear and anxiety affect decision making in the direction of more caution and risk aversion... Traumatized individuals pay more attention to cues of threat than other experiences, and they interpret ambiguous stimuli and situations as threatening (Eyesenck, 1992), leading to more fear-driven decisions. In people with a dissociative disorder, certain parts are compelled to focus on the perception of danger. Living in trauma-time, these dissociative parts immediately perceive the present as being "just like" the past and "emergency" emotions such as fear, rage, or terror are immediately evoked, which compel impulsive decisions to engage in defensive behaviors (freeze, flight, fight, or collapse). When parts of you are triggered, more rational and grounded parts may be overwhelmed and unable to make effective decisions.”
Suzette Boon, Coping with Trauma-Related Dissociation: Skills Training for Patients and Therapists

Gabrielle Zevin
“I was just thinking... isn't it lucky that we decided to become co-editors? If one takes a blow to the head, the other can fill in. If the other's lung spontaneoulsy collapses, the one can fill in. It's a perfect system once you think about it."
~Will Landsman”
Gabrielle Zevin, Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac

Pooja Agnihotri
“When the customers, just like the business owner, fail to see why they should buy this and not that, a business will collapse.”
Pooja Agnihotri, 17 Reasons Why Businesses Fail :Unscrew Yourself From Business Failure

Timothy Snyder
“An important sign of the collapse of the rule of law is the rise of a paramilitary and its merger with government power.”
Timothy Snyder , The Road to Unfreedom: Russia, Europe, America

Brian Francis Slattery
“He tans into burning while the opening fanfare to "Peaches en Regalia" flows over him, the bugle call for a hippie army that marched at the peak of the American parabola, that moment when physics held its breath to allow levitation, a small reward before the descent. The hippies knew it then, Maggot Boy Johnson thinks; they couldn't build it into words but they could feel it; a floating in the stomach as history shifted direction. They stopped, hey, what's that sound, and knew that the spiny skyscrapers reflected in the river, the chasms of concrete, the wide streets and sidewalks, the power lines cutting into the hills and mountains above missile silos, the highways drawing lines across the blank plains under enormous skies, the pupil of God's eye, would be the ruins that their grandchildren wandered among, the reminders that once there was always water in the faucet, there was electricity all the time, and America was prying off the shackles of its past. The vision opened up to them and winked out again, and those it blinded staggered through their lives unable to see anything else, while the rest of them wondered if they had only dreamed it.”
Brian Francis Slattery, Liberation

Jack Kerouac
“Pretty soon there'll be a new kind of murderer, who will kill without any reason at all, just to prove that it doesn't matter, and his accomplishment will be worth no more and no less than Beethoven's last quartets and Boito's Requiem-- churches will fall, Mongolian hordes will piss on the map of the West, idiot kings will burp at bones, nobody'll care and then the earth itself'll disintegrate into atomic dust (as it was in the beginning) and the void still the void won't care, the void'll just go on with that maddening little smile of its that I see everywhere, I look at a tree, a rock, a house, a street, I see that little smile-- That 'secret God-grin' but what a God is this who didn't invent justice?--So they'll light candles and make speeches and the angels rage. Ah but 'I don't know, I don't care, and it doesn't matter' will be the final human prayer.”
Jack Kerouac, Desolation Angels

Steven Magee
“It is ironic that as we are becoming a globally connected population of over 7 billion people, that we are rapidly approaching the disconnection phase that environmental collapse will bring.”
Steven Magee

Irène Némirovsky
“Everyone was saying that Europe, civilisation, the entire world was collapsing, that the century was destined to end in catastrophe, that everything would perish, drowned in blood. But she still hoped for a husband, a home, children, and she instinctively felt that the destruction of everything was a mirage, a lie, while she, she lived the truth.”
Irène Némirovsky, The Fires of Autumn

Steven Magee
“As the Earth’s environment collapses, so will global society.”
Steven Magee

Steven Magee
“The rapidly collapsing global environment will take modern society with it.”
Steven Magee

Ehsan Sehgal
“Collapse and fall of moral, start from lies.”
Ehsan Sehgal

“Severe pain makes this weak body collapse,
But it never breaks one soul.
While this human flesh enters a grave,
The soul ascends to thy Kingdom of thy Lord.”
Bradley B. Dalina

Adam Frank
“The mystery of what happened to Easter Island’s civilization has haunted generations of writers and scientists.

There are no trees on Easter Island because the Easter Islanders cut them all down. They deforested their island in the building and transportation of those giant stone heads. In the process of deforesting the island, they also started a downward spiral that drove their civilization to collapse.

Easter Island serves as an object lesson for the interaction between an isolated, habitable environment and a civilization using that environment’s resources: they did it to themselves.

The parallel to our current situation on Earth seems clear. In his 2007 bestseller, Collapse , anthropologist Jared Diamond unpacked that parallel. His work explored the trajectories of a number of human civilizations that disappeared at the height of their vibrancy and power. Diamond’s examples included the Anasazi of the American southwest, the Maya, and the Norse colony on Greenland.

In each case, the civilization overshot the carrying capacity of its environment. Their populations grew as the society became ever more ingenious at extracting resources from its surroundings. Eventually, the limits to growth were hit. A short time after running into those limits, each civilization fell apart. Easter Island was the”
Adam Frank, Light of the Stars: Alien Worlds and the Fate of the Earth

Alejandra Pizarnik
“I collapse
I touch myself
a flower's gesture
Alejandra Pizarnik, The Galloping Hour: French Poems

Graham Hancock
“A 24,000-year sequence recorded in a marine core from the Santa Barbara Basin, off the coast of California, exhibits the highest peak in biomass burning precisely at the onset of the Younger Dryas. ... This anomalously high peak correlates with intense biomass burning documented from the nearby Channel Islands. ... The peak also coincides with the extinction of pygmy mammoths on the islands and with the beginning of an apparent 600-800-year gap in the archaeological record, suggesting a sudden collapse in island human populations.”
Graham Hancock, America Before: The Key to Earth's Lost Civilization

Steven Magee
“One of the things about researching climate change and global warming is that you eventually come to the conclusion that nature will fix everything after starvation, illness and disease causes the collapse of modern society.”
Steven Magee

“What we do to enable our existence simultaneously undermines our existence...”
Christopher O. Clugston

Philip Ball
“We know that measurements of a quantum system seem to collapse the wavefunction. We most certainly don’t know how, or why, or indeed if that actually happens.”
Philip Ball, Beyond Weird

Iris Murdoch
“He thought, I haven't got much longer before some sort of collapse. He could not think if this would be a collapse of mind or of body. Mind and body seemed utterly fused now in cold aching pain, and darkness.”
Iris Murdoch, The Nice and the Good

Steven Magee
“Let the stock market collapse.”
Steven Magee

Steven Magee
“When I would arrive home after a day working at high altitude, I would be extremely fatigued and would collapse in a chair until bedtime. I would wake up feeling hung over.”
Steven Magee

Richie Norton
“I believe the beachhead and the long-tail will collapse on each other. I’m calling it the log-mill strategy. One thing is cut down to create many little things until the little things become many big things.”
Richie Norton

“Any relationship is based on love, trust
and cooperation.

History shows that the collapse of the state is almost always caused by quarrels among themselves. Motivated by each other, they betray each other. They are also traitors to their country because of selfishness”
Srinivas Mishra

Martin Heidegger
“Agriculture is now a motorized food industry, the same thing in its essence as the production of corpses in the gas chambers and the extermination camps, the same thing as the blockades and the reduction of countries to famine, the same thing as the manufacture of hydrogen bombs.”
Martin Heidegger

Vasily Rozanov
“Европейская цивилизация погибнет от сострадательности.
Как Греция от софистов и Рим – от «паразитов» (прихлебатели за столом оптиматов).
Механизм гибели европейской цивилизации будет заключаться в параличе против всякого зла, всякого негодяйства, всякого злодеяния и в конце времен злодеи разорвут мир.
Заметьте, что уже теперь теснится, осмеивается, пренебрежительно оскорбляется все доброе, простое, спокойное, попросту добродетельное. Он зарезал 80-летнюю бабку и ее 8-летнюю внучку. Все молчат. «Не интересно». Вдруг резчика «мещанин в чуйке» («Преступление и наказание») полоснул по морде. Все вскакивают: «он оскорбил лицо человеческое», он «совершил некультурный акт».
Так что собственно (погибнет) не от сострадательности, а от лжесострадательности… В каком-то изломе этого… Цивилизации гибнут от извращения основных добродетелей, стержневых, «на роду написанных», из которых «все тесто взошло»… В Греции это был ум, σωφια в Риме – volo, «господствую», и у христиан – любовь. «Гуманность» (общества и литературы) и есть ледяная любовь…
Смотрите: ледяная сосулька играет на зимнем солнце и кажется алмазом.
Вот от этих «алмазов» и погибнет все…”
Vasily Rozanov, Опавшие листья

Steve  Madison
“Why did the Roman Empire - the greatest civilizing force there has ever been - fall? It was because it became infected at every level by the negative liberty of Christianity. The Roman people started thinking of their personal salvation rather than their collective strength. Once the poison of individualism has spread among the people, Rome's fate was sealed. The collective collapsed. The Dark Ages came upon the West. Once the cohesion of the people has gone, everything fails.”
Steve Madison, The Quality Agenda: The Search for Excellence

Craig D. Lounsbrough
“The losses in my life are so immense that I can barely stand and hardly breath. But I must remember that it is God who holds my hand and grants me breath. And because He does, the losses will eventually collapse for lack of breath.”
Craig D. Lounsbrough

Peter F. Hamilton
“Civilization was a blessing you never truly appreciated until it threatened to collapse around you.”
Peter F. Hamilton, Pandora's Star

Paul Kingsnorth
“Now a familiar human story is being played out. It is a story of a people who believed, for a long time, that their actions did not have consequence. It is the story of how that people will cope with the crumbling of their own myth. It is our story.”
Paul Kingsnorth

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