In response to a “we are all doomed” history is all war, conquest, slavery, power etc. hysterical on line posting I posted:
History has largely been about trade. War is unsustainable and usually doesn’t last long, and the sustainable relations have usually been about trade, but as history like the media covers men bite dogs, aka wars, you could be forgiven for thinking otherwise. Now trade is about power and yes there have been wars over it largely by people who don’t understand the difference between a positive sum game and a zero sum game. All the major wars of the 20th century were lost by the powers that started them.
And there is little sign that conquest works any more. Look at the British Empire and the French, Portuguese etc: gave it all away as not worth the effort. Slavery was abolished by the Brits against their material interests.
What we are currently dealing with and you are suffering from is media induced hysteria. As an American you should be far more worried about your local gun nuts or dangerous drivers on the roads or fumes from coal fired power stations all of which kill 30,000 plus Americans every year or the equivalent of the Paris slaughter every day and a half. Base rates matter not media hysteria. So please stop your “Nobody’s safe” nonsense. Yes we will die one day, but 8 jihadis in Paris do not an apocalypse make. And compared with the Cold War I grew up with when 200-1000 million people could die in three hours this is chicken shit.