Agree with the article, and have been thinking the same for a few years.
Thomas Jefferson wrote “What country ever existed a century and a half without a rebellion? And what country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to facts, pardon and pacify them. What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is it’s natural manure.”
On a grander scale (than Jefferson’s single country) - the same applies to civilisations, nationalities, and the whole world. The planet is gearing itself up for a big war (USA, Russia, China, ISIS, Pakistan as key players), and while humankind will (probably) survive, a lot of us will suffer. 99% of commentors on this thread have no first hand knowledge of war, starvation, exile, genocide. Until that number falls to about 60%, we’ll slog through the “bad phase”.
Then, one day, the survivors will awaken, unite, forgive, and restart a good phase.
Unfortunately, given that the entropy-increasing power available to us today (nukes, guns, hacking, global mobility, lasers, etc.) dwarfs that of all previous “bad phases”, the next cataclysm will be much more spectacular. Afterwards, the world will emerge to either look like Mad Max’s Australia (60% likely) or Star Trek’s United Earth (40% likely).
Until then, enjoy life everyone!