Even well-ordered, apparently stable societies can quickly break down

It’s rather that my family history warns me that even well-ordered, apparently stable societies can quickly break down. Neighbour can be set against neighbour.

BBC radio presenter Adrian Goldberg, a British citizen and son of a Holocaust survivor, explains why he will apply for a German passport. Read it on BBC. The setting is related to Brexit and the context is very contemporary. However, the Holocaust relevance is obvious, and he has heavy doubts about this move.
But when he visits the old German-come-Polish town where his ancestors lived, he gets an epiphany. The basic insight is timeless. (No, I don’t think it is just a convenient excuse. I think this is a real timeless insight.) Repeat:

… even well-ordered, apparently stable societies can quickly break down. Neighbour can be set against neighbour.

It can happen in any country.
It is already happening.

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