The precipice

If it feels like we’ve collectively stood on the precipice of some such cataclysm for all your living memory, consider this observation by Machiavelli:

“The physicians say it happens [with] hectic fever, that in the beginning of the malady it is easy to cure but difficult to detect, but in the course of time, not having been detected or treated in the beginning, it becomes easy to detect but difficult to cure.”

– Niccolo Machiavelli, The Prince

If you’re the first to see it, then they call you fringe, dangerous, deranged. And if most everyone agrees with you, you’re already doomed.

Crazy or doomed. We’re always on the precipice.