Just as 4th Century Romans stood amid the fragments and hollow edifices of a collapsed civilization, every day we are surrounded by the hollow people of our own collapsed civilization. A society that once looked to the stars as a great opportunity, a final frontier, now wallows in decline as we race toward the lowest denominator. Look at just one photo of a working class crowd emerging from church or going to a baseball game in the 1940's. Men who wore coveralls and worked in factories adorned in ties and jackets.Now people wear pajamas as if they were appropriate attire for anything but sleep
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It is symptomatic of a plunge toward the bottom. We no longer seek our highest, best selves.We make excuses for every shortfall. We reward things that are unremarkable.Star Trek used to be our imagined future, now it is an impossible fantasy
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The idea that ISIS now holds the ancient treasure city of Palmyra is disturbing. The heritage of Western Civilization is under assault and governments are passive in the face of these crimes.
It isn't so much the slack dressing but our perception of civilization and our selves within that context. We no longer value our highest selves.
Ironically, I think it is the peak of American civilization at the same time the "Me Generation" was born, spelling the end of that civilization.We were beating communism,walking on the moon and building the greatest economy in world history.
Very good points, retief. I guess it could be said that, in many ways, the '60s were "the best of times and the worst of times." :-)