I remember reading Edward Gibbon’s Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire as a teen. It was epic. Imagining as a once-grand civilisation turned decadent and weak collapsed under the weight of a tsunami of barbarism, while the elite focused on lining their pockets and played political games and the people failed to notice the danger until it was too late.
The Romans didn’t notice when they collapsed. Instead, people only realised it had happened later, when they looked back and saw that it was all gone. The fruits of civilisation, which they had taken for granted, were no more. As our children, the remnant of our race, will do one day.… Read the rest