Historians are adept at naming spans of time. We have the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, the Enlightenment and the Atomic Age, for example.
I wonder how future generations will make sense of these times in which we live, in which many barely subsist. No doubt they will come up with a nomenclature that best epitomizes our current age.
If I could be so bold as to aid future historians, may I suggest the “Neo-Dark Ages.” I would fold the so-called “Enlightenment” into this proposed historical period and expand it to our present times; basically, from the late-17th century until today. If we wish to be technical, from the bloody rise of the United States empire to its current decline could be understood as the latter stage of the “Neo-Dark Ages.”
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