Is civilization just a phase?

Lately I wonder whether our current level of technological and scientific development is a short-lived peak for the species. Whether our natural state is hunter-gatherer.

We were hunter-gatherers for hundreds of thousands of years, and we spread out and settled the entire planet that way. Tiny bands of dozens of people.

The entire period we call civilization has been a brief flicker of that time, and so far it doesn’t seem to be going well.

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