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There were two glimpses of the 'apocalypse' in the last week. One in Baghouz, Syria where the caliphate came to a final, sordid end. The other was in Venezuela as the networks which supported modern life collapsed.
In both cases things fell to the lowest technology floor. No electric cars, smartwatches, bitcoin, cashless transaction or virtual communities. It was all blood, dirt, gasoline and personal.
Both were also self-inflicted products of ideologies that took 21st century technology as found magic and by ignorant incantation in the pursuit of ancient dreams unleashed the demons of hell.
To paraphrase someone: man does not live by technology alone. Pure technique cannot save us. The moral element, so long reviled as fantastic, may turn out to be the defining quality of civilization after all. The 10 Commandments are history's best kept competitive secret.
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