Wash, Rinse, repeat…

What could go wrong?

Teach your children well. They will grow up to be pillars of the community. Do as I say, not as I do. This is the way we do things around here. The cream will rise to the top? Is it not true that our species has continued this way for thousands of years?
For countless generations we repeat each society and culture this cycle. It works, doesn’t it? What about the civilizations and cultures which no longer exist? Did they cease to exist because of their own internal cultural processes? Did they cease to exist because of naturally occurring events? Did a natural disaster lead…