Seeds of Destruction
The philosopher G.W.F. Hegel (1770-1831) said that every civilization (but the final one) contains within itself the seeds of its own destruction. And this explains how history moves forward. A), a fine civilization, eventually self-destructs and is succeeded by B), an even finer civilization; then B self-destructs and is succeeded by C), a still finer thing; and so on until mankind finally arrives at the best of all possible civilizations, which will not self-destruct.
Karl Marx (1818-83) was a kind of anti-Hegel Hegelian; rejecting some parts of Hegel while keeping others. One part he retained was the “seeds of destruction” notion.