As long as there is a certain spiritual light that is present in the world the world cannot regress spiritually exactly the same as in a human being as long as there is a certain light present within the human being it cannot regress spiritually unless it does somehting that goes completely against the light.
The most difficult time always is a time of transition both individually and collectively; when a certain structure has broken down or collapsed before what is new is formed becomes part of the consciousness. That is the time we are in now. It is difficult because it also has to do with the free will of humans beings and human being were made vice regent of this world which mean they were given a certain responsibility they have not lived up to because they have taken this world for themselves.
Vice regent means you have a certain responsibility to all the forms of creation that are present and this is exemplified in the tradition when it is said in the Koran God taught Adam the names. Which means humanity because Adam is the first human being the primal human being was taught the names of everything in creation, which has to do with a magical relationship between the essence of everything that is created and we have not fulfilled our responsibility and there will be consequences for not fulfilling our responsibility.
And I saw this played out on the world stage last year in Copenhagen when there was this world summit. Nobody was prepared to take responsibility, short term economic gain as opposed to real responsibility for the planet. There are consequences. Nobody really knows what that means, but at some point there will be consequences.