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Why Do Societies Give Up?

Patricia664 Wrote: Feb 14, 2013 5:08 PM
Why do societies give up? Because we're tired. Because it doesn't matter what we think. Because it doesn't matter how we vote. Because there's no sense to be made of society as it exists today.
Leonard152 Wrote: Feb 15, 2013 1:25 AM
Half of us realize that there is no more pursuit of happiness as jobs and incomes vanish like vapor. The other half pursue happiness by collecting government benefits, which the 1%, the Chinese, and the Federal Reserve pay for.

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...