Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Edward Gibbon Nails It 220 Years Early

The five marks of the Roman decaying culture:
  • Concern with displaying affluence instead of building wealth;

  • Obsession with sex and perversions of sex;

  • Art becomes freakish and sensationalistic instead of creative and original;

  • Widening disparity between very rich and very poor;

  • Increased demand to live off the state.
Edward Gibbon (1737-1794), Author of The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.


Mostly Nothing said...

My Dad saw the same thing back in the 70s. He was disgusted with society back then. Imagine now.

K T Cat said...

Your dad was prescient. I would bet that it takes two generations to fully transform a society. That would place us having fully integrated the social mores popular in ... 1970.