“Think as I think,” said a man, “or you are abominably wicked; you are a toad.” And after I thought of it, I said, “I will, then, be a toad.” ― Stephen Crane
You don't have to chart a civilization's decline based on the sexual practices of its citizens. When citizens draw inward to the self to the exclusion of all else, then you know that your civilization is not only in decline, but is already rotting at its core. We can see that now with leftism and its schizoid, unhinged, and unhinging nature. The debauchery that exists within that ideological framework with things like homosexual rights, transgender rights, obsession with racial and identity politics. Basically meaningless twaddle that really affects no one by the perpetually offended and victimhood class, then you realize that your civilization has peaked because your citizens are so well cared for in a relative sense that they have nothing else to complain about other than manufactured outrage.
I'll say it, or quote it, again.It's not Western Civilization's decline, it's the Left's decline. Their ideas have been tried and found seriously wanting.h/t Insty
Paglia speaks of the barbarians of ISIS beginning to mass outside our decadent culture, That would be bad enough. But it's actually much worse as both Europe and America are thick sown with jihadis.
Ed, I would disagree only in that I believe the left is trying to drag everyone down with it. If the left can't have the type of ideological civilization it wants, then no one will get anything at all. The left is the titanic and they believe we are just passengers shuffling deck chairs.
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