Olivia Pierson ponders why empires fall

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I recently stood in Rome and gazed in wonder over the ancient ruins of the Roman Forum where the glorious senate once gleamed in white marble, where Cicero himself frequently orated, where Julius Caesar was stabbed to death. This haunting, melancholic question was with me all the while I looked: “how did all this come so irretrievably undone?”

I believe Cicero has answered this for me. The commonwealth lost its substance through failing to bring forth outstanding men to preserve the morality (wisdom) of its founders. To preserve the morality of a civilisation’s founders requires an acute knowledge of history.

​The people in my country today are not even knowledgeable about who helped to preserve us right here only 70 years ago, but they are frightfully knowledgable about the right pronoun to use when addressing some freaky weirdo who is on powerful drugs to make the transition from one sex to another.

I recently pondered if we are in fact observing the downfall of Western Civilisation.  We seem to be at a stage, as Olivia points out, where we are more concerned about creating safe spaces with the right ethically manufactured carpet so that people who wish us harm have a place to reflect on how bad our society is. We do this while we are pre-occupied with erasing our own history as it may offend someone that we possibly did something horrid to a century ago.

At some stage, someone will force their will on us.  Until then, the absence of a clear external threat will continue to see us dismantle the very tenets on which Western Civilisation was built and that made it thrive.


– Olivia Pierson

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