“Historically, the conquest destroyed the outward form of what had already inwardly decayed; it cleared away with regrettable brutality and thoroughness a system of life which, with all its gifts of order, culture, and law, had worn itself into senile debility, and had lost the powers of regeneration and growth.”
(on the decline of the Byzantine Empire, The Story of Civilization, Volume IV)
The Mad Celt asks…What forms of conquest do YOU think the U.S. is succumbing to? Are they outer forces, inner forces, both? What, if anything, can we do about it? Discuss.
the above from CELTUS LUNATICUS
‘America’s main export is envy.” Used to be, anyway. On a national level I think our downfall was written in our hubris and hypocrisy, our ruthless death-dealing, our arrogant policy-making, our addiction to getting our way, our rationalizations and self-justifications. It was written in hidden motives and in our denial of truth and responsibility. It was written in our unwillingness to confer human status – and human rights – where it did not suit us. Power and strength have corrupted us. These are human faults and foibles, not limited to Americans, and lie in wait for every individual and society but they are most readily recognized in the strong, for the unchecked display the wildest excesses.
How far will we fall? I dunno. I think it is true we are a divided society and that our cognitive dissonance is building. Perhaps a bottom is coming. But then we still have to do something with it, make something positive and creative out of the ashes. We have a little window of opportunity here. If we bounce right back we’ll probably lose it.
“We have met the enemy and they are us.” as Pogo used to say.