What the ancient past can teach us about the chaos of 2016 – By Sarah Parcak – TED ideas

What the ancient past can teach us about the chaos of 2016

ancient-civilizationsNov 1, 2016 /  – TED ideas

This year has been marked by upheaval on a global scale — and many of us are wondering: What will happen next? Satellite archaeologist and TED Prize winner Sarah Parcak shares three examples from the ancient past that offer lessons for today.

2016 has been a bruising year. We’ve had the highly contentious election in the US, the divisive Brexit vote in the UK, continuing destabilization and conflict across the Middle East, the panic of the refugee crisis, and the frightening spread of the Zika virus. Many of us are wondering: Where are we headed?            

It turns out, humanity has seen similar inflection points before. The past has valuable lessons to teach us — all we need to do is take the time to listen to them. Below are three moments in ancient history when things teetered on the edge, along with what I think we can learn from them now.

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