Here are more brainstorming exercises to help visualize stability and change.
Images 1 and 2 depict two stability states, one robust and one tenuous.
Image 3 seems (to me) to be a reasonable representation of our current circumstances.
Images 4 and 5 are a bit more ominous (especially image 4) because they suggest abrupt changes. For large organisms and complex cultures adapted to relatively stable conditions, abrupt change is troublesome.