General Category => Professor Peter Dale Scott => Topic started by: Alan Dale on July 29, 2013, 01:45:51 PM

Title: Professor Scott Recommends
Post by: Alan Dale on July 29, 2013, 01:45:51 PM
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The most prescient portrait of the American character and our ultimate fate as a species is found in Herman Melville
Title: Re: Professor Scott Recommends
Post by: Alan Dale on July 29, 2013, 01:51:01 PM


"An Age of Decadence inevitably follows. Frivolity, aestheticism, hedonism, cynicism, pessimism, narcissism, consumerism, materialism, nihilism, fatalism, fanaticism, and other negative attributes, attitudes, and behaviors suffuse the population. Politics is increasingly corrupt, life increasingly unjust. A cabal of insiders accrues wealth and power at the expense of the citizenry, fostering a fatal opposition of interests between haves and have-nots. Mental and physical illness proliferates. The majority lives for bread and circuses; worships celebrities instead of divinities; takes its bearings from below rather than above; throws off social and moral restraints, especially on sexuality; shirks duties but insists on entitlements; and so forth. The society's original vigor, virtue, and morale have been entirely effaced. Rotten to the core, the society awaits collapse, with only the date remaining to be determined."

~William Ophuls, "Immoderate Greatness."