In Maurice Rawlings’ “Beyond Death’s Door” there is an interesting/startling comparison between the Roman Empire and current conditions in America. The following list shows cultural conditions which are more than “similar” in each “empire”
…Affluence and luxury abound
...An increasing margin between the very rich and very poor which seems to be the root of much civil unrest
...Obsession with sex to the extent of “extreme perversion”
...Loss of originality and creativeness in personal life and the arts
...Emergence of a welfare state
It certainly doesn’t take much imagination to connect the dots here. When I first read these words, many years ago, my jaw dropped open. I could not imagine we were headed for the same fate as the Roman Empire….crumbled, wadded-up, thrown away. Yet, the years since have proven we are getting deeper-in!
What will it take to wake us up?
And what is my part in that?
Or shall we just go back to sleep?