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Why Do Societies Give Up?

VostraGuida Wrote: Feb 14, 2013 10:57 AM
Societies give up when the good people (the non-takers and the moral) see no hope. Sadly, we are getting to that point where many good people feel like the only way back from a world where self-sufficiency, responsibility, honesty, morality, and God are mocked while dependencey, irresponsibility, dishonesty, immorality and atheism are praised, is for that world to collapse and then hope that what rises from the ashes will be a return to the principles that made our country great. That path, however, is filled with unimaginable horrors. Unfortunately, we are quickly coming to the last exit on the highway before that path becomes inevitable. Let's not let "government of the people, by the people, for the people ... perish from the earth."

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...