Some of you have expressed the desire to dig deeper into literature in order to understand how it reflects and illuminates elements of our cultures and ourselves. So, for your consideration (& the first in a series): "The Myth of Human Progress and the Collapse of Complex Societies" by Chris Hedges.
In a well-reasoned comment to this post, please take a position on Hedges' thesis:
The most prescient portrait of the American character and our
ultimate fate as a species is found in Herman Melville’s “Moby Dick.”