de mi mente

nevver:

Knock loud, I’m home.

Ivan Aivazovsky - Darial Gorge (1862).

Ivan Aivazovsky - Darial Gorge (1862).


Complex human societies, including our own, are fragile. They are held together by an invisible web of mutual trust and social cooperation. This web can fray easily, resulting in a wave of political instability, internal conflict and, sometimes, outright social collapse.
Analysis of past societies shows that these destabilizing historical trends develop slowly, last many decades, and are slow to subside. The Roman Empire, Imperial China and medieval and early-modern England and France suffered such cycles, to cite a few examples. In the U.S., the last long period of instability began in the 1850s and lasted through the Gilded Age and the “violent 1910s.”


Two interesting articles on wealth inequality and social instability by P. Turchin:

Return of the oppressed. Aeon Magazine.
Blame Rich, Overeducated Elites as Our Society Frays. Bloomberg.
These ads want to be our friends — to empathise with us against the tyranny of the corporate world they inhabit. […] 
This technique of cultivating empathy through shared cynicism has taken off over the past decade. […]
The ambiguous, semi-disguised adverts of today would then appear to be the commercials we deserve: self-cynical sales pitches for a jaded generation. Instead of questioning the economic mechanisms that lead to the homogenisation of town centres, we shop and drink coffee in commercial spaces disguised in the stylishly-frayed aesthetics of the counter-culture.
[…]
From Ad Nauseam by Adam Corner, Aeon Magazine.
travelingcolors:

London from St. Paul’s Cathedral | England (by w4lrusss)
museumuesum:

Barnett Newman
Concord, 1949
Oil and masking tape on canvas, 89 3/4 x 53 5/8 in.

museumuesum:

Barnett Newman

Concord, 1949

Oil and masking tape on canvas, 89 3/4 x 53 5/8 in.

Money 'can reduce trust' in groups

"Using money does help large societies to achieve larger levels of co-operation than smaller societies, but it does so at a cost of displacing normal of voluntary help that is the bread and butter of smaller societies, in which everyone knows each other"

Population of foreign citizens in Europe, 2012.

A Continent Mired in Crisis Coins a Language of Economic Pain

El metro de la ciencia.
allthingseurope:

Saint Petersburg (by Sergey S Ponomarev)

allthingseurope:

Saint Petersburg (by Sergey S Ponomarev)