We have gained much from what has transpired in the past. Take the long straight road for example. The Romans are to thank for that innovation. I guess we can also thank them for the custom of taking a daily bath! I mean they were conquering dirty smell barbarians, so developing a good habit of staying clean and healthy was very important to them.
Education was also very important to Roman society; even the poorer classes could read and write. We can also be thankful for their water, sewerage and drainage systems which – even though we have improved on them – were initially used by Roman society.
If Rome was such a mighty power, then why, one might ask did it fall?
There are many divergent views on this, but a simplified answer might read:
…… a combination of such factors – decadence, lead poisoning, monetary trouble, and military problems caused the Fall of Rome. Imperial incompetence and chance could be added to the list. Even the rise of Islam is proposed as the reason for Rome’s fall, by some who think the Fall of Rome happened at Constantinople in A.D. 1453
We can go back further in history and find other great (maybe not as large) civilizations that have been wiped of the face of the planet. Decadence, debauchery and egocentricity are all factors one could ascribe as causation. I am thinking of the City of Babel and the Twin Cities of Sodom and Gomorrah specifically, but not only them… there are many others that have disappeared from the pages of history.
In each case pride, egotism, arrogance, debauchery, greed, corrupt politicians and an ‘anything goes’ mentality have all contributed to their demise and annihilation.
So will history always repeat itself? I think so. It would seem we do not pay attention to the lessons of the past. We might think we are brighter, smarter, brainier than our forebears, but are we?
When it comes to governments, politicians, bureaucrats, corporations, societies and cultures, we end up with power struggles and tensions, which lead to overarching organizations that we allow to rule us. They direct our though processes and more often than not, put into place structures we have not sought, nor do we require. Greed rules supreme! A little power goes to the head. Once in power the elected, or self-appointed ones make decisions on our behalf. It is done ostensibly for our own good, but definitely to suit their own purposes, and more often than not covertly.
The entire western world’s great (long past) civilizations are known for their warfare, their licentiousness, their decadence, their unfair treatment of the poor and oppressed (enslavement), and the outright greed and power grabbing of their ruling class. None of them have survived, and history has not been kind to any of them.
What makes the current governing classes of Australia (and other western nations) believe they are any different from generations just mentioned above?
You can list off on the fingers of your hands decadence – licentiousness – greed and all the other faults (read sins) mentioned. Currently the ruling Labor – Green government is preparing to allow for gay marriage to be legalized in Australia.
A BILL to legalize gay marriage will be rushed into Parliament early next year after Labor voted overwhelmingly yesterday to adopt marriage equality as its official policy – but granted a conscience vote to its MPs to avoid a damaging split.
This page lists eighteen Australian Politicians (your representatives) who openly claim to be lesbian, gay, transsexual or transgender. Dare I ask what kind of leadership these people are giving to the youth and children of Australia? Whatever happened to morality? Whatever happened to the stance that children need two parents –of both sexes? Even now we still require a male sperm to fertilize a female ovum to produce a fetus which will develop into a baby! Yet we find our politicians pandering to a minority group, backed by the Greens, to push to change our way of life – and not for the better.
History has not been kind to other civilizations who have travelled down this same decadent and diseased path, and I seriously doubt it will be kind to Australia should she find in 2012, that same-sex marriage is accepted in law as the ‘norm’.
May God help Australia because Labor and The Greens certainly won’t.
“To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men.” Abraham Lincoln
“The past is always a rebuke to the present.” Robert Penn Warren
“A country without a memory is a country of madmen.” George Santayana
“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” George Santayana
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them.