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The End of the Beginning of the End

When not caused by war, nations decay slowly, gradually. Alas, now, it seems ours is no different. Its exceptionalism is dissolving into the ordinary

When not caused by war, nations decay slowly and gradually (e.g., modern day France, Italy, Spain, Greece etc.). Alas, now, it seems ours is no different. Its exceptionalism is dissolving into the ordinary. It's a choice made by the people. They forego liberty and self subjugate themselves under ruling political and administrative classes of which they'll never be a part. They'll never rise to those classes because they're taught apathy, complacency, and their place since birth. They are relieved of the burdensome onus of everyday decisions. Decisions that were proudly made by preceding generations that were not a bother or an onus at all to them. To them, it was life. Deciding what to do, how to live, and how to be was essential and culminated in traditions, virtues, and mores. That became too onerous for the generations that followed, they blithely go about taking direction and surrendering thinking and creativity to others in the elite political classes.

In a decaying nation, the expectations of civic institutions and municipalities increase, but the quality of their results wanes and softens. Expectations that things will always skew to the poor and inadequate side of things settle in as the norm: the mail won't be delivered quickly, efficiently, or if at all; prices will rise; salaries stagnate or decrease; when government functions, it does so sloppily and begrudgingly; economic stasis continually leads to gains in unemployment, a swelling dependency class, and a workforce uneager to do the extra bit it takes to achieve excellence, because good enough or almost-good-enough is satisfactory and acceptable, which naturally leads to the almost-good-enough degrading into a not-good-enough and eventually the unacceptable. What's the point of sweating the extra effort if the return is diminished, and what's left over doesn't go to the worker but to the neighbors and strangers dependent on the worker? This decline spreads throughout the society like an oil slick gushing from an uncapped well, seeping into every societal crevice, continuously coating, sealing, and eventually suffocating the life and spirit beneath.

The unattenuatingly sad part is that the human spirit doesn't survive well as the utilitarian functionary of a ruling class. The human spirit needs work and challenges to create pride and dignity, not coddling and condescension.  And if it does not get what it needs, it desiccates into self-loathing and self-pity that's glaring and repulsive when viewed in the sobriety of daylight. So, eventually the sobriety of daylight never rises and, instead, the delusional comfort found in inebriation at twilight finds company. Endlessly, in these circumstances, the human spirit remains languid, idle, and forlorn.

This, of course, continues only as long as the spirit is soaked in dependency, and dependency exists only as long as the funds of the worker continue to adequately provide for the dependent. Eventually, the number of workers providing the funds are overwhelmed by the number of dependents receiving the funds. Something gives, and violent instability ensues.

The miasma in which our nation is heading portends all of this. We're at the end of the beginning of the end. I hope I'm wrong.

 

You've just read "The End of the Beginning of the End" by Scott Morales originally posted at GraniteGrok.com (Home).

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Dennis Taylor November 12, 2012 at 10:25 PM
I call a thug who would imprison and kill Americans, well, a thug, and all you, Mike Healey, can do is say that I am name calling? That Congressman Ron Paul is a nut? I do hope that you are under the care of a doctor and do not go outside without your one-on-one. That the thug also has royalist tendancies should be evident to any who make even a casual study of the man. As for his background, when Obama has released every possible piece of paper in his or other's possession that can speak to his claims of nationality, income, eligibility for student aid, and the like, I will deem him to have been properly transparent about his past. Similarly, I believe that Romney needed to show us all of his documents as well. Again, you attack the birth certificate claim but ignore the rest of my requests. You like being able to bully others with what the liberal media has called laughable. At the least, you should wonder why it took so long to produce the document you claim proves his citizenship. I want the truth about my so-called "leaders," and if you had any brains, so would you.
Watts November 13, 2012 at 06:11 AM
I think that I nailed Dumpy switching their profile to Proud Conservative. Proud Conservative had posted 63 posts from 11/7 to 11/11, then as soon as I hit a few threads with this info, PC stopped posting on the spot. Great show of conservative cowardice. I may not agree with people a lot of the time, but at least they show some back bone. Dumpy, with his/her conservative agenda of posting fiction was more of a coward than we could have ever imagined.
Proud Conservative November 13, 2012 at 10:52 AM
@Watts - Sorry if I disappointed you by not posting for a day, but unlike some people I know, I have a life beyond sitting at a computer screen and posting stuff on Patch.
Watts November 13, 2012 at 07:07 PM
Combined with this other non-denial and the tone we are all too familiar with, I would call that confirmation enough: http://portsmouth-nh.patch.com/blog_posts/new-jersey-governor-chris-christie-endorses-obama#comments Don't worry, you will always be Dumpy to everybody here. The person who showed the lack of character to stand by their own posting history.
Proud Conservative November 13, 2012 at 11:29 PM
Keep dreamin' Watts. You're wrong so often, what's one more time.

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