Most historians and scientists agree that we are in the last stage of a declining civilization which is the age of decadence. All civilizations come to an end, some do it peacefully while others do it abruptly and with a lot of chaos. 2000 years ago the Roman Empire was the most powerful and technologically advanced society in that era, yet they have fallen just like most civilizations will do eventually.
The signs of a declining civilization are politicians representing themselves, the rise of autocracy, worthless money, destruction of the family core, declining population, mass stupidity and celebrity chefs. If you take a look around the current political climate you will most likely see a lot of red flags, but this is just the beginning.
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Believe it or not, our civilization is at the end of a golden era, and it is rapidly declining. Same as the Roman empire has declined before us so our modern civilization will do as well, prompting a new dark age. The decline of civilizations is inevitable, as this is a cyclical event, sooner or later it will happen. Some people may claim that there is no possibility that our civilization is declining as we have powerful technologies which will prevent it.
The Roman Empire was also the richest and most technologically advanced civilization of its era, still, this didn’t prevent it from falling. While the USA is not an empire in its traditional form it is as politicians would say too big to fail, although once the US falls there would be no bailouts as it most likely would drag the entire world into a new dark age. The decline of any civilization takes a long time, most people don’t even notice it happening, all they see is that things are getting worse year by year.
Each and every civilization will have the same fate, it is just a matter of time. While we do see signs of a declining civilization through the western world there are civilizations that have just started the age of commerce and affluence, most of these countries are 3rd world countries. Eventually, 3rd world countries would rise up after the western civilizations fall apart, making the western civilizations 3rd world countries. If you are wondering how close are we to an economic collapse then check out my recent article How close are we to total economic collapse? ( When and What to do? ).
A civilization or empire has 6 life stages:
- Age of pioneers and explorers
- Age of conquests for new land and resources
- Age of commerce
- Age of affluence
- Age of intellect
- Age of decadence, this is where we are currently
Politicians representing their interests
There was an age when being a politician actually meant that they were representing the common interests of the people. However only big companies have the necessary money to “sponsor” these politicians, and they sponsor them so they can represent the companies interests. After pocketing all the money more or less legally all they have to do is to convince you to vote for them, and there is no limit on how much they will lie to get it. The decline of civilization stages will always start from the politicians, who are so disconnected from the needs of the population that it is scary.
There is no negative effect in lying to get your vote, for the individual politician once he gets your vote he is set up for life. A front seat for the scraps remaining from the true rulers of the country. Generally, politicians are very well off financially, most of them didn’t do an honest day of work and in most cases, they have no clue of the difficulties of the people that they are representing. There is a huge difference between fact and fiction, facts matter to people while fiction is on what modern politicians focus on.
There are a lot of civilizations that collapsed due to the environment, mostly because populations let others exploit the local resources for profit, without thinking about the consequences. In case of an emergency a lot of people would have to eat whatever they can get their hands on, for more information check out my recent article Can humans eat dog food in an emergency? ( How safe is it? ).
Rise of autocracy
Common people are simply fed up with politicians constantly lying and not representing them, this is why some countries turn towards powerful leaders. Most of these have radical views on certain aspects of how they should govern the country, and they get elected in times of need. While you might say this could never happen in a democracy it already has happened in the past and it will happen in the future. The collapse of modern civilization will be slowed down by autocratic rulers, although this will not last for long.
Most of these autocratic leaders do obey the local democratic laws and they do not have unlimited power, however, they often bend the laws in their favor. One common aspect among autocratic leaders being allected democratically is that generally these are the only ones that address people’s problems and generally they will have a radical solution for it. You probably do not know but Hitler was also elected democratically, he created millions of jobs in a country where unemployment was sky-high after world war 1, and people have felt backstabbed by their own leaders once the German forces capitulated in 1918.
Most of these jobs were creating assets for the German military machine, without these new jobs Germany would have struggled for decades in a recession. Politicians who focus on problems that do not reflect on the problems of the majority like diversity quotas, equal representation in the media and similar BS, while there is a crime wave going through an entire country. The politician who identifies and offers a solution no matter how radical will always win.
The most recent case of this happened in the Philippines where there is or I should rather say a massive drug-related violence problem. President Rodrigo Duterte during his political campaign came with a simple solution, kill all drug dealers. He eventually won his campaign and he kept his promise, there have been thousands of murdered people, most of them drug dealers but some innocent casualties also occurred.
Keep in mind that even before Duterte was elected he openly confessed in murdering suspects. A similar thing happened when Trump has been allected, the people had less buying power and most of them were in debt, Trump identified a cause and offered a solution with his famous line “build a wall”. Although the lack of jobs and the low buying power of the Americans were most likely affected by massive companies avoiding paying taxes and the automation of most manual jobs.
Since they have removed the golden standard from money, there is only a perception of value that comes from everybody using it. Most of the modern day’s money is in electronic format, while most money is worthless the USD has most of its value coming from countries trading oil using the US currency, this is why sometimes it is also called the Petrodollar. College students are especially hit hard with hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt right after they leave college in pursuit of a mostly worthless degree like in gender studies. How will western civilization collapse? Once the money will be worthless, it will be only a matter of time until the entire western civilization collapses.
Only 20 years ago people could afford to buy a house with a bank loan, today most people struggle to pay for the monthly rent and utility bills. We are at exactly the same place where the Roman empire was during its last decades, the Roman empire used silver coins during its hay day, but as the ruling class became more and more corrupted so did the money. From silver they changed to copper coins washed in silver, looking like a silver coin but after years of circulation the silver would come off and people would see it was a copper coin all along.
Usually, as the worth of the money is ever declining it will eventually cause a collapse or a bubble to burst if you need more information on how to prepare for this I have written an article on the subject How to prepare for economic collapse ( In 22 Steps ).
Destruction of the family core
During the past several years there has been a war on core family values which eventually will lead to the decline of civilization as we know it. It is increasingly risky for a man to marry and have children, as around 50% of marriages end up in a divorce. If two people do not get along anymore, separation is a good idea, the problem is that a man has a lot to lose in a divorce, from half of his money to paying alimony 18 years for his child which he will be at the mercy of a court on when and for how long he can see his own child.
This is especially problematic for rich men, who are preyed upon by the gold-digging generation. This generation of gold digger’s only goal is to make a child for a rich man so he has to pay alimony for the child, there are even cases where women are selling positive birth tets on craigslist. In addition to this movement like the #MeeToo movements are extremely dangerous for any man which works in close proximity with a woman due to sexual harassment lawsuits.
Currently, there are more women attending college than man and with higher grades, most men opt out of college and even of working. They do this mainly because it is a women-centric environment and men can not behave like men, the ones who get accustomed to this lifestyle are more or less behaving like actual women.
Declining population across the west
One of the signs of a declining civilization is that the inhabitants of a country are reproducing at a much slower rate than 3rd world countries. Governments try to entice immigrants to these countries with whatever they can, usually, these immigrants live on social welfare and do not contribute to the country’s economy at all. Although most governments claim that they need as many immigrants as possible due to the shortage of the workforce.
Although most of these immigrants come from 3rd world countries, some of them can’t even write or read in their own language, how could anybody pay them without any basic skills or willingness to work. The sad truth is that thee people are not here to work, rather than to replace the native population by producing as many children as possible, which will be the future generation which will actually work.
We are in a massive Ponzi scheme, the more immigrants come to a country the more loans a government will get to feed and house them, thus the money keeps on flowing. The cause of rise and fall of civilizations, will also have a stage where the population will not reproduce enough to replace the workforce, and this is why you see so many politicians advocating for globalism, the problem is that you can simply not replace one population with another.
Governments should rather incentivize the reproduction of the native population, but this would mean radical changes in the justice and legal departments regarding divorce, alimony, and who has the right to raise a child in case of a divorce.
We live in the most prosperous time for humanity, our technology has come so far that we no longer need to worry about basic needs such as food, water, and shelter. Nowadays most people take everything for granted, and few of them know the joy of a hard day at work. With the current culture of giving prises and celebrating people who lost in a race, what is the point of being first if you all get the same trophy and congratulations?
We live in an age where students think that communism is a viable form of government like everybody would have a good job, nice house, car and so on. But history has taught us that communism doesn’t work in the long run, everybody will be dirt poor except the ruling class. I have several friends from former communist countries, during that era once you got married you got a small apartment from the government, what people do not tell you is that everything was rationed like in a wartime situation.
Electricity for 4 hrs a day, hot water 2 hours in the morning, 10 eggs per month for each family no matter how big or small. You could only dream about meat unless you knew somebody who was stealing meat for a living, or you were a high ranking official. Even this day when my friends smell an orange they think it is Christmas because that was all that they could afford for Christmas.
Although Christian holidays were banned during the communist era, people still celebrated it in secret. Good old Christmas miracles during the communist era where every year somebody would snitch on a neighbor celebrating Christmas and the secret police would drag the entire family away. A couple of weeks later somebody new would move in and nobody from the neighborhood would dare to ask any questions of what happened to the family that has been dragged away.
Have you ever wondered why there are so many cooking shows, making celebrities of the chefs? This is one of the last signs of a declining civilization, the Roman, the Spanish and the Ottoman Empire also made celebrities of their chefs. People nowadays are feeling uninterested and bored towards living a fulfilling life, this is why they try to search for the best of the best in anything. The best chef, the best singer, the best shoes, the best phone and so on, even if they manage to get one of these the feeling of happiness fades away rather quickly.
The signs of a declining civilization are present all around us, we just need to look up from our phone and take a good look at people’s and politicians’ behaviors. Every civilization will come to an end eventually, the legacy which they will leave behind will be a lot altered by the current age of decadence. Although the decline or end of a civilization does not mean that humanity is doomed, it is just one civilization out of hundreds in the world, and a new civilization will rise up to the occasion once the old ones have failed.