Most "great empires" fell due to the arrogance that they were "meant" to rule the world, -were the example to follow-, and the resulting military
spending that sucked the actual economy dry. And, to boot, óver extending, said, military,while politicians and high-up bizznismen were filling
their coffers. Again, and again, thát simple conflagration of circumstances did the greatest empires in.
But... look at the bright side. Great Britain is one of the last European countries to have "lost" their empire. Yet, No societal collapse, no
disasters or civil war. People sighed, remembered "the old days", government enacted some half-hearted attempts to keep "The Empire" together, but, to
no avail. Time had taken-over the old guard. This goes for most European "Empires".
And people settled in their new reality.
America is on the decline, so it seems, but things change, despite the old guard nót willing to accept that, reminiscing the days they were still
"great". Is that such a bad thing?
We are quickly approaching a "world community" anyways. The internet has connected communities from all places around the globe.
And to those crying-out for "Revolution", there already IS
a revolution, however, this is a fairly benign one. This specific revolution is
uprooting deeply entrenched, diabolical, inhumane, and blatantly evil governments in a breathtaking pace.
There wíll be strife, especially in thóse countries that got yanked into the 21th century, kicking and screaming, by Information Technology. Just
look at Egypt, or Syria. But the old generation is losing, and fairly quickly at that.
Look at it thís way. Contrary to most people's view of the world, America's greatest accomplishment has nót been the "liberating by force" but
"liberating by technology" An American invention, ARPA-net, floating on the stream of civillian tech-innovation from bright, young Americans gathered
in silicon-valley, has changed more
than our military éver could.
ARPA-NET was a military undertaking, true, but it was the young, tech-savvy civillian engineers that ran away with it.
Just ponder that for a while, when lamenting "the fall of an empire". America already conquered the world, just...well.. nót in the way the military
and their governmental stooges had in mind.(don't believe me? Ask for a Coca-Cola in Senegal...or Myanmar, Or Tibet, or in Timbuktou...
whát is the "lingua Franca"of the web?? yup "American ingrish"
I am a positive kind. The "fall from grace" of America? Humbug! I do not believe in that. Times change, our role changes. That is a good thing. A
disastrous couple of decennia, as far as politics go, won't change the basic tenets that make/made America. It's drive towards innovation, the drive
to do "the good thing". The entrepeneurial spirit. Things like that.
A People are nót defined by their government and/or the minority of contrarian, obtuse dingbats, but by thóse that máke a country what it is by
work, innovation and an almost child-like enthousiasm for "new horizons".
Ergo: The lamenting about "The decline of the American Empire" is only the muttering and whining of those that are unable/unwilling to adapt. A (loud,
granted) minority at best.
If our forefathers had that attitude, we would still be sitting at a bay somewhere on the east cost, huddling around a fire, whining about the fact
that the west-coast was sóooo far away
edit on 5/14/2012 by diakrite because: typo