In 2007, I was inspired by Jared Diamond’s Collapse to write this song: Empires Fall. After the long winter of American Bushism, I think it was fair to ask, “are we still ascendent?”
Now, I think we have our grim answer.
Thank you for pressing on, Umair. Though the tenor of your pieces is (almost) always dark, there is always a detectable crack of light. You are an optimist at heart, and I appreciate you — and your writing.