The following conditions were researched and found to be the undermining of a great world power. How illuminating, these observations made by Edward Gibbon, who, after twenty years of study and research, published his work and hallmarked these five conditions for the fall of this nation.
- The rapid increase of divorce; the undermining of the dignity and sanctity of the home, which is the basis of human society.
- Higher and higher taxes and the spending of public monies for free bread and circuses for the populace.
- The mad craze for pleasure; sports becoming every year more exciting and more brutal.
- The building of gigantic armaments when the real enemy was within, the decadence of the people.
- The decay of religion—faith fading into mere form, losing touch with life and becoming impotent to warn and guide the people.
After reading these five reasons for bringing down the nation, will it surprise you to learn that Mr. Gibbon’s research was not about the United States of America? His published work is entitled: The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, 1776-1788 (six volumes).
Another five accompanying characteristics of the Roman Empire were:
- Bizarreness masqueraded as creativity, art became freakish and sensationalistic instead of creative and original.
- Concern with displaying affluence instead of building wealth.
- Obsession with sex and perversions of sex.
- Widening disparity between very rich and very poor.
- Increased demand to live off the state.
Source: Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire