We could learn from history. But why haven’t we learned? (Good question Michael, thank you.)
In my mind the answer is simple. Because we are the most arrogant species on this planet.
We think that just because we have a highly evolved brain we can do anything and change anything on the planet that will serve only us.
We lack one of the most basic principles of life. Everything is connected!
If you can’t function, if you can’t respect that connectedness you will die. And we are on that road. It will take us probably another 100 to 200 hundred years but don’t kid yourselves people. We don’t have infinite supplies on this planet. Once we run out that will be it.
To think that there is enough for everyone forever is as silly to think as to stuff 100 people into a home that can only support 20.