We live in unusual times. When I was a child the stories I saw and read insisted that we had rid the world of fascism, bigotry, and hate. Yet today these things, and much worse, are still with us.

What is the root cause behind humankind’s constant repeating of our historical mistakes?

This is the question this book attempts to answer.

The erudite Howard Zinn, in his master work: ‘A People’s History of the United States’ summed up how insidious this question is.

“One reason these atrocities are still with us is that we have learned to bury them in a mass of other facts, as radioactive wastes are buried in containers in the earth. We have learned to give them exactly the same proportion of attention that teachers and writers often give them in the most respectable of classrooms and textbooks. This learned sense of moral proportion, coming from the apparent objectivity of the scholar, is accepted more easily than when it comes from politicians at press conferences. It is therefore more deadly.”

This book looks to us, humanity, to find the root cause of the behaviors that have led us to our current existential crisis. In attempting to elucidate this question the book also presents, potential solutions, that just might avert the demise of human civilization.