"With the exception of the two allusions to the military, all the factors you list are present in our society today"
Ominous isn't it?
I think we are in our Golden Age NOW. At the equivalent time In Rome, the satirist Juvenal compains of the corruption in Rome, the abundance of lawyers, the endless fads, the disrespect for authority and traditions, lewdness, the high rents, the noise of traffic, inflation, lying politicians, dirty foreigners..........
posted on 05/31/2003 1:34:24 AM PDT
(Maecilius Fuscus, Governor of Longovicium , Manchester, England. 238-244 AD)
I believe that we're in the Silver Age or possibly slightly later. Bush would be a good Vespasian (although hopefully, Bush's plan for Palestine will go over a lot more smoothly than the supression of the Jewish Revolt) after Clinton's Nero, or possibly Trajan.
Our greatest days are behind us, but we don't know it yet, and our arts are in decline. For example, take the Moon landing. It is beyond our capability to repeat without starting from scratch on rocket and craft designs. Have we produced any "Citizen Kane" caliber films lately, or only moody, not-quite works?
I'm a young man, and it's sad to think of the state that my nation will be in within my lifetime. I should probably start learning Chinese, since the Indians speak English anyway.
posted on 05/31/2003 2:41:30 AM PDT
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I think we are in our Golden Age NOW.
You may very well be right about that. The really important question is whether we can engineer a "soft decline" rather than a "hard fall". Neither is inevitable. The Portugese, Spanish, and British empires are all what I would consider to be examples of empires that had a soft decline. Rome, of course, is the classic example of a hard fall, but there are others as well.
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