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Why Do Societies Give Up?

phunyfarm Wrote: Feb 14, 2013 8:26 AM
Great article! History repeating itself. While working recently, I had an opportunity to speak with 2 young adults, one male +/-25 yrs. -one female +/- 35 yrs./politics came up. Young man stated folks his age "don't get into that stuff",female stated "her husband was (40yrs) was really political & she just" tuned him out". Told the young man they SHOULD be interested, it involves their future, his response "I know it." Both were "well" (public education and public colleges) educated and fairly affluent. Both played with their I-phones for most of the day. Made me angry and sad. The reasons for the decline in our country was all too apparent. Is the fight for our country left to those of us 55 and older? Looks to me like it is...

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...