You are right. I have read some of the accounts of the soldiers as well as some of the few codex available. They speak of a highly structured and
civilized culture. No real theft. no real murder. People could not walk the streets a mess. Dress code. Well written and complete laws.. Better than
what we have now. The market of the capital was many times larger than the biggest European one of the time.(Sevilla)
They didn't really have a security force but had almost no crime. They did not lie. They did not cheat. It was a capital crime to use fake
currency(coco beans) mixed with other beans. Any form of currency. It was this way since any cheating was harshly punished. Especially for ritual
More than social code, it was honor less and they had a more complex system of honor than all of Asia.
The words used by the Spanish when they first saw the capital were
perfect, paradise, heaven, city of god
they left no doubt that these were a great people they admitted to ruining.
Things like "we taught them to lie cheat and steal. We were good at it. How else could we conquer them starving and on the verge of death as we were.
They gave us all we asked. We terrified them when they refused and still they were kind to us and warm."
We tricked them to fight rivals created by scarcity of resources and escalated tensions caused by massive epidemics and high mortality rates. 90 % of
their population had died off.
They were fooled and seduced into betrayal. The Aztecs waged wars yes but they were known for peace treaties, pacts of co-existence and respect.
Food was scarce in a receding jungle caused by over development of urban centers. They had all their engineers scribes and leadership die by what they
thought were acts of an angry god. They became hyper religious and turned to extreme forms of worship.
They were no different than their European counterparts .
Dark ages much.
If Europe was remembered for the dungeons and chains instead of the arts and culture, we would consider that a misrepresentation of us as a people.
The Aztecs face a similar situation now.
edit on 19-7-2012 by BIHOTZ because: (no reason given)