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Apathy and the fall of empires

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Submitted by sara (United States), Aug 4, 2012 at 17:32

Rebecca, you are right in pointing out that apathy and lethargy are spreading in our society. That is what naturally happens when a culture ascends to the heights of economic prosperity, where life becomes easy and increasingly, boring. Things usually start to go down hill from there. Think of the extent of the debauchery and the attitudes in ancient Rome for goodness sake. Too much entitlement, education prevalent, easy lives and indulgences in every possible perversion including mental illnesses, shut ins, etc. etc.

It always reminds me of some Star Trek episode where they encounter an advanced highly 'civilized civilization', and they get their hats handed to them by the simplistic barbarians. The elites may have lost their taste for fighting and see no reason for defense, but there are cultures in the world who would disagree, and they are on the rise.

I hope that we are both wrong about Romney and that it will be sufficient that he be a good administrator and policy maker despite his lack of charisma and star power, the requisite traits of a politician today. You sound so cynical Rebecca, almost as bad as me :)

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