Thinking in the shower:
Civilization, progress, all sounds very nice until you crack a book or two and see that by and large they come down to ever greater concentration of power in the hands of those that want it, small minded, vicious; and a long trail of bodies, generally brown. Not surprising people turn reactionary, cure worse than the disease.
Still a disease, look forward, look back, chamber of horrors. Gets me thinking about sidesteps, flips, bags of tricks.
Well-intentioned folks rushing back & forth, patching the holes in the world. They're blocking the escape routes.