"Many of the great ruins that grace the deserts and jungles of the earth are monuments to progress traps, the headstones of civilisations which fell victim to their own success. The twentieth-century´s runaway growth has placed a murderous burden on the planet."
And: how do civilisations collapse? Interesting article on the website of the BBC:
Why are these explorations relevant for culture? Because they paint the background for a future in which the arts can take-on a new relevance.