Thursday, August 27, 2009

Zombie Nation

"...the remnant of health can remain for a time after the necessary conditions to sustain it have been removed. Before the capital stock of the old faith is completely exhausted, it still produces a little of its social income. A Faustian bargain has its attractions in the promise of short term benefits, while the diabolic aspects lose some of their terror for their deferment to a distant future. The indian summer of the Roman Empire, as Toynbee called it, was mistaken by Gibbon for the golden age. Toynbee used the term "breakdown" in a specialized sense to mean the termination of the growth period of a civilization, prior to its disintegration. During this phase, some of the most showy accomplishments appear, belying the fact that the end is approaching. That is why the breakdown is marked by verbal clashes between optimists and pessimists, both drawing on the surface phenomenon that give conflicting indications but fail to penetrate to the underlying pathology." Herbert Schlossberg Idols For Destruction page 297

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