Benefits of Sobriety
Watching our societies and environment disintegrate before our eyes is troubling, especially for those inclined toward panic and hysteria. But panic and hysteria in themselves are rarely useful avenues to pursue.
In avoiding panic and hysteria, it is sometimes comforting to observe the handful of historical demarcations that set us on the path to ruin: centralization, colonization, industrialization, and globalization comprising four that readily come to mind. Not to say that understanding where we went wrong along the way will necessarily enable us to overcome social and political forces that keep us heading in the wrong direction, but an appreciation of the folly of humankind (along with its hopes and dreams) allows us to at least put things into perspective.
Sobriety has its benefits.