You don’t hear about excitement for the United States and the future anymore. That was decades ago. It has been replaced by analysis of its decline, the end of an empire, predictions of doom and gloom. Countries like China stimulate discussion of growth and it’s rise of power, numerous postulations about it overtaking as the premiere superpower in decades to come resonate through geo-political discussions.
Of course, this is normal, it’s likely the United States has peaked. Just as Rome “sank into debauchery and dissipation as a result of great wealth and luxury”, we too see the effects of this. Crassness is certainly linked to debauchery in essence, however that is just the tip of the iceberg of a population filled with undisciplined slobs who forsake the effort to gain knowledge in favor of hedonistic pleasures. Thug culture is glamorized, science scorned, all institutions that uphold the sanctity of discipline, intellectualism, knowledge, health, human services and technological advancement are all no longer trusted.
Corporations feeding propaganda to people who promote fake science, people that don’t even partake in actual science are writing “scientific articles” that in effect only reinforce the money making machines of oil companies. Masses lap it up defying all past common sense and past instances of similar propaganda techniques administered by big oil previously, pushing for leaded gasoline as one example. Billionaires feeding lies to the people, to make more billions. This is what happens when the rich become too rich, the rich aren’t upholders of justice, truth, and light, and America has had its share of corporate and individual greed, ever growing, ever becoming more powerful to control and manipulate naive minds who are exploited.
The end is in sight, the decline of wisdom and virtue replaced by narcissism, confirmation bias and crassness. A major chunk of the nations values were built on belief and religion. This crumbling of the religious structure is itself not detrimental to a disciplined, thinking, wise people, however the era of discipline has come and gone. What values to replace it? How will they know where to look? When news, academia, science the institutions of knowledge aren’t trusted what will replace it? Corporate propaganda? Billionaire’s spamming social media with propagandistic trickery that feeds on the human nature of confirmation bias?
The culture has become corrosive, eroding into a competition to find out just how outrageous, grotesque and low we can go.
While we race to the bottom, there will be those of us who fight it tooth and nail. Join us. Resist.