Humans live in denial of how fragile life is. Not just our own individual lives, which can be snuffed by a clogged vein or out of control car in an instant, but the lives of civilizations. Most civilizations die, with the best — intelligent, successful, advanced — falling apart first. That leads to the question of where our civilization is. If we look past the surface veneer of wealth and power, we see the type of dysfunction that is common to the last days or Rome or Athens. This should scare us. If it scares you, welcome to the Alt Right.