The remarkable work of Edward Gibbon who, in 1787, after 20 years of labour, completed his book The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, concluded the fall of the Empire was based on these premises:
(1) The rapid increase of divorce; the undermining of the dignity and sanctity of the home, which is the basis of human society.
(2) Higher and higher taxes and the spending of public monies for free bread and circuses for the populace.
(3) The mad craze for pleasure; sports becoming every year more exciting and more brutal.
(4) The building of gigantic armaments when the real enemy was within … the decadence of the people.
(5) The decay of religion – faith fading into mere form, losing touch with life and becoming impotent to warn and guide the people.
Point number one bears repeating:
The rapid increase of divorce; the undermining of the dignity and sanctity of the home, which is the basis of human society.
I wonder …. do we see ANY similarities here??
“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”
~ George Santayana’s ~
Reason in Common Sense, The Life of Reason, Vol. 1