What do we call “Crisis”?
The word itself is very devalued and has lost much meaning because of its constant use in connection with any complicated situation.
Meanwhile, it is undoubted that we are in the midst of a profound global transformation in practically all areas of the life of societies. This change began in Western Europe several centuries ago and has accelerated more and more.
The societies of the past were more stable than the current ones because the basic mode of life varied little from century to century. One could speak, for example, of an ancient culture or civilization of wheat and vine, of a civilization of rice, of others of corn and (in Africa) of cassava cultures. There were also oasis and camel cultures, fishing cultures and even predatory cultures (barbarian peoples living on raids to the detriment of the most advanced cultures). In these cultures the crises resulted: from local or regional ecological abuses (which affected the basic subsistence for survival), from leadership conflicts, from local or regional climatic catastrophes (droughts, glacial periods) of large epidemics or pandemics.