This is a response to the one-word prompt “Devastation” by “The Daily Post.”
All human history is riddled with examples of “man” trying to avoid his fate and control his destiny. When kingdoms and Great Empires begin to fade, there is numerous attempts at revival or much sense of dread about said decline. Yet, one thing does remain constant, while some times the efforts to arrest decline seem to succeed, it is only for a time, before the decline returns in full force and carries out its purpose. The reason for this is quite simple, when humans perceive a decline in their system of life, they go all out to stop it by reenergizing the system, yet they rarely if ever look at the root cause of said decline.
Thus, while for a time new energy is given into a great empire to starve off the decline, the underlining “bad seeds” are still there if only for a time starved of “food” but eventually once again start growing into “weeds” to choke the society and empire. This has laid to the viewpoint that the “rise of great empires and the fall of great empires” to be enviable and irreversible once started. Or indeed that at some point all great societies will crumble and die, or at least become lesser of what they were.
While there is indeed some truth to this viewpoint, it is both right and wrong at the same time. While counties do go through high and low periods of life; both all never preodained in the since that “that is going to happen no matter what.” No, a contries destiny of either growth or declined relies on the people, leaders and the society. It relies on the values of the society and what the people take and belive as most important in their lives.
If great nation finds its self in decline, that decline is not preodained. It can be stop but only if the whole nation, that is the people and its leaders go back to what made it become great. It won’t happen if all that is done it to reenergize the nation or put in a few “cosmetic” changes here and there, but the “decline in the society” is not stoped. This here is the key, nations decline becouse their societies delcine interms of values, beliefs, and morales. Thus inorder to stop declines one must revive the culture of societies.
The enviablity of devestation of empires is only the case when the people in the empires stop “carring.” When they no longer paticapate in it, but are more concern with their own immidate gratifications and desires. If the people stop such behavior and start carrning angain then there is no enviability. This does not mean that the decline won’t still happen, just that there is a chanse to stop and reverse it.