Toward Harmonious and Stable Co-Existence
by V.I. Postnikov
Loitering the central streets of my native town, Kiev, where I had lived for 63 years, I involuntarily examine the passers-by. Gosh, how changed the appearance of citizens! I notice some subspecies that I never met before — such as a subspecies of managers — short-haired young people in white shirts, a subspecies of guards — stern-looking lads with bull’s napes, a subspecies of builders — lads from other towns. The old age people are rarely seen on the streets. I peer at the faces, hoping to recognize familiar ones. But no, no way, they are all long gone. The species, the environment have changed irrevocably. Sad, but true.
In ecology, there is the concept of “succession,” an important term which explains serial mutability of a species and its habitat. William R. Catton, Jr., in his classic book Overshoot, shows how this principle works in the human environment . To understand the succession in human society, it is useful to first consider nature’s succession. (more…)