Iaian Vernier's Memoir
Chapter 4. Light at the End
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The so-called Dark Ages were said to have begun with the occupation of Rome in 410 by the Christian Visigoth Alaric. Then a bit more than a century later the occupation of Ravenna, the last redoubt of the Roman emperors, now Christians of one sort or another, by the Ostrogoth, Theodoric, marked the real beginning of centuries of darkness and minimal cultural and social advance in non-Byzantine Europe.
The late twenty-first and twenty-second centuries of surrender and loss of hope were relatively brief moments in human history in the long run. Signs that nations and their leadership understood the nature of the ravine into which most of the world had fallen into began to surface. It took considerable time to gather together a majority of nations, peoples, intellectuals to reach a consensus of causes and diagnoses in the hope of fashioning a plan of action to once more restore a semblance of civilized life and law.
Perhaps the demographic calamity that was then in process of wiping out much of humanity helped turn the collective human mind toward factual reality. Demographers in the early twenty-first century focused on the amazing ballooning of humans on this planet—from c. 1.8 billion about the year ← 23 | 24 →1900 to 6.2 billion in 2000—but avoided issues of cause and solution. They used their computer models of extrapolation and concluded that the population of the world would be about 9 billion to 9.5 billion by 2050, perhaps as much...
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