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Why Do Societies Give Up?

Cepat2 Wrote: Feb 14, 2013 11:14 AM
Every time the phrase "fair share" is employed you can be assured that the following thought will be "I don't have it -give me yours". Life lesson: there ain't no "fair". There is justice, mercy, and equity. "Fair" is a construct of kind kindergarten teachers that somehow persisted beyond the fenced in schoolyards and hall monitors. Grow up.

Why do once-successful societies ossify and decline?

Hundreds of reasons have been adduced for the fall of Rome and the end of the Old Regime in 18th-century France. Reasons run from inflation and excessive spending to resource depletion and enemy invasion, as historians attempt to understand the sudden collapse of the Mycenaeans, the Aztecs and, apparently, the modern Greeks. In literature from Catullus to Edward Gibbon, wealth and leisure -- and who gets the most of both -- more often than poverty and exhaustion implode civilization.

One recurring theme seems consistent in Athenian literature on the eve of the city's takeover...