Monday, November 3, 2008

History repeats itself

I thought this was an interesting thought from the late LDS President Ezra Taft Benson (Ensign, July 1973):

Edward Gibbon, in 1788, set forth in his famous book, Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, five basic reasons why that great civilization withered and died:

1. The undermining of the dignity and sanctity of the home, which is the basis for human society.

2. Higher and higher taxes: the spending of public money for free bread and circuses for the populace.

3. The mad craze for pleasure, with sports and plays becoming more exciting, more brutal and more immoral.

4. The building of great armaments when the real enemy was within.

5. The decay of religion, whose leaders lost their touch with life, and their power to guide the people.

If that doesn't describe modern America, I don't know what does!

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Anonymous said...

funny thing is...i remember studying these reasons in my junior high class. fifteen years ago.

none of this would be politically correct anymore.