Smoke and Mirrors
- October 8, 2017
- Posted by: Michael Carman
- Category: Uncategorized
In Gibbon’s “Fall of the Roman Empire” he suggested that the senate/government had become increasingly decadent, lovers of self and of their own pleasure and riddled with members who were more interested in self gain. The result of this example of weak leadership, high levels of self interest and poor governance was that the Empire lost it’s direction and collapsed. It became morally dissolute. Sound familiar? To help conceal the parlous state of affairs from the people they staged a series of bloodthirsty events in places such as the coliseum and similar amphitheatres throughout the empire, pitting man against wild beasts and man against man.
This is similar now to our Western World, where each week our media bombards us with a range of gladiatorial type combats such as AFL and NRL to distract us from the realities of a failing and morally dissolute society. A society where it’s more important to appease the people than effectively rule the people. A society where law and order and political influence can be bought. A society where money can be wasted on fences around Parliament House, on useless submarines, on so called renewable energy etc and yet fail to meet the needs of many Australians living below the poverty line, of Australian farmers struggling to survive years of drought, of pensioners who helped grow this country having to exist on a meagre government handout etc. A society where the personal desires of a perverted minority are allowed to seek control of an entire country under the guise of equality.
How long before Australia and the Western World become another failed civilisation in someone’s history book?