RE: Past the spot where the tracks diverge
Nice write, Dan.
Change ... it used to be that it occurred slowly and that the conditions at one's death were largely indistinguishable from those at one's birth. The 20th Century changed all that and the 21st seems determined to accelerate the pace further.
At some point though, and perhaps it has already been reached, there will be a rate of change which is socially unsustainable. Simply, society's collective ability to adapt, evolution, will be overwhelmed by the individual's ability to destroy the status quo, revolution.
Things fall apart, the center will not hold.
When the centrifugal forces tearing us apart exceed the gravitational ones holding us together, we'll have more than philosophic musings to consider.
Ancient Chinese curse:
May you live in interesting times.