Recurring Thought While Reviewing Current Events
Each had its "empire". Each had its place in the sun. I'm almost certain that the people of these "empires", and most assuredly their leaders, thought that their "empire", their way of life, would last forever. Some have vanished completely, while others are mere locations on the world map.
Globalization. Bottom-Line Mentality. Outsourcing. Record Trade Deficits. Islamic Terrorism. Bitter Partisan Politics. "Politicians" instead of Statesmen. Society of "Victims". Entitlements.
To paraphrase T.S. Eliot:
This is the way we may end, both with a bang, and a whimper.
And we are only two generations removed from "The Greatest Generation".