Do you think that there will be a coming Dark Ages in America?
The USA is hell bent on paralleling itself with the Roman empire in its time of decay on so many levels....
Yes, would be my answer to the question.
I still think that USA has more common sense than going into the empire business... Only the empires die, I hope USA has learn to reinvent itself all the time...
I have degress in history and psychology. I have been tracking the psycho-history of Rome as it parallels that of the U.S. The U.S. is at the point where Rome lost it's central core values that common citizens held to be true. That led to collapse.
I was just thinking the same thing this morning. We are at a clear crossroads in America in terms of our economy. If we slide much farther down, it will be pretty near imposible to ever climb back up to where we once were. We are also at a crossroads in terms of a decline in the integrity of many of our insitutions and traditions, such as the independence of the press. Without a free and independent press, we are increasingly vulnerable to being manipulated by our government leaders. How did we reach the stage when leaders whom we elect can choose not to address the nation --and instead appear on late night TV entertainment shows --when our embassies are burning from terrorist attacks? Wierd and sad.
Yeah, I'd say we will enter a long period of decline from which we may never recover. The Roman Empire experienced the same malaise as its economy struggled to support the many Romans who stayed home in Rome and choose to enjoy the benefits of Roman conquest instead of choosing to work. Its soldiers therefore had to conquer an expanding list of territories simply to bring back home more and more "plunder" to feed the non-working masses. Eerily similar to America 2012.
Very good points all around. Here's my question: Being twenty six years old I grew up during the rise of the internet, as well as the Ponzi-scheme housing market, which was altogether unreal. So maybe we're not doing bad, but just back to reality?
Perhaps. And if it does I cant say that some part of me won't be a little pumped about it. I really think we (Western Civ) need a little "time-out" from our hump and grind ways to really contemplate the direction we're heading in.
And why would the following ages be dark? Because of the economy? (Which mind you is really a reflection of the collective attitudes and beliefs of people, not some dragon that flies around in the sky, setting businesses on fire) Good. Maybe a lack of financial incentive will grant people the opportunity to demonetize their self actualization. Really letting people set some deep fulfilling life goals, rather than just being like, "One day I'm gonna have a big ass house and two BMW's, three Lambo's--basically shift our focus from revolving around outer "stuff" to our own inner peace and self fulfillment.
Plus if the "Dark Ages" does descend upon us I will have a really good excuse to walk around in Samurai gear, which is honestly one of my greatest dreams anyway...
Yes, I think, in the future. For now we are getting towards Renaissance... This is America and we have to relive mankind's history every now and then...
Hopeful we are getting out of the Neoconservative Dark Ages...
It is not only the United States of America that is and will be seeing drastic changes. Think of Greece, or Google Spain and will see all the news about food riots and people on the street. Italy's economy is also on the brink of collapse. Here in Canada, it was just admitted in the past days that we have a housing bubble and that we may be on a similar course of events as those which took place in the Unites States, not long ago.
If I were to use terms used by financial pundits, I would say that our mentality (in the Western world) and living style is undergoing a a time of correction - sounds much better than Dark Ages, no? (lol). After going out-of-line, to an extreme with the consumerist mentality and after being robbed-clean by banksters and politicians, now we will have to figure-out a new way going forward; one in which we are responsible and disciplined Beings, towards one another and also towards Mother Earth.
The problems we are facing come down to one root cause GREED!
All the debt is owed to an Organization of Central Banks Worldwide controlled by a Select Few (Not Governments). These bankers control the Governments. They have an increasing appetite for POWER. They want to control everyone and everything.
If the World's economy collapsed tomorrow the resources - people, equipment, buildings, raw materials would not just disappear. What goes is the currency that provides the flow of production.
Time to throw out the debt based finance model, eliminate central banks, and let people prosper based on their own labors.
So yeah... bad times are coming.
No. The USA is way past merely 'empire'. It is THE empire on this planet, making it a hyperpower. It is simply up to the rest of the world to catch up...if they can. Once a global government is established (much sooner than you think), it will look basically like America now, only bigger. I have no commentary here in the way of moral judgement...only an inevitability that I see coming.
America is almost already becoming it. soon People will be running out of America. Believe it or not.
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