Given the overall dumbing down of our society and the increasingly absurd and troubling trends we see emerging, Our Growing Ignorance of History should be no surprise. When a well established television channel bearing the very name History finds more success in reality TV and aliens, the handwriting may be on the wall.
Lessons from History
Indeed, this may be symbolic of a broader inattention toward matters of substance in favor of our mindless pursuit of trivial affairs. Costume dramas and intrigue consume our interest for the entertainment value but genuine historical appeal seems lacking. That is more than a pity, it is perilous. To disregard the lessons of history increases the reality of our becoming history, as in ceasing to exist.
Far be it from us to attempt to predict the future but we would be remiss to ignore realities etched in the historical record. The intensity and cost of political efforts would seem to indicate that at least those most involved care about the future of this country. That so many of those efforts may contribute directly to its demise is more than a little ironic.
Basically, more politics means more government and that, more often than not, connotes control at the federal level. It is difficult to fathom how far we have deviated from our original pursuit of liberty in the heady days following our Declaration of Independence. Is it time for a modern declaration of independence?
When the early colonies came together as states to establish a new union, the founders made sure it was a republic, not an empire. They knew from recent experience with their British overlords as well as from lessons from ancient Rome how a republic can fall. Is history repeating itself?When the early colonies came together as states to establish a new union, the founders made sure it was a republic, not an empire. They knew...from lessons from ancient rome how a republic can fall. Is history repeating itself? Click To Tweet
Great Civilizations Come and Go
A recent article provides some historical background regarding civilizations and their longevity, or lack thereof. A detailed chart covering ancient civilizations shows an average lifespan of 336 years. Naturally, a lot of factors come into play and we must consider differences between them and our contemporary world. Nonetheless, it might give us pause to realize the United States is at 243 years and counting.
“Collapse is often quick and greatness provides no immunity. The Roman Empire covered 4.4 million sq km (1.9 million sq miles) in 390. Five years later, it had plummeted to 2 million sq km (770,000 sq miles). By 476, the empire’s reach was zero…
“Collapse can be defined as a rapid and enduring loss of population, identity and socio-economic complexity. Public services crumble and disorder ensues as government loses control of its monopoly on violence…
“Virtually all past civilisations have faced this fate…
“We may be more technologically advanced now. But this gives little ground to believe that we are immune to the threats that undid our ancestors. Our newfound technological abilities even bring new, unprecedented challenges to the mix.”
Are we paying attention? You may want to read more on this at Are we on the road to civilisation collapse?.