TEEN SOUL POWER
The Fall of Ancient Greece
Can it Happen Again... Here ?
“What is happening to our young people? They disrespect their elders, they disobey their parents. They ignore the law. They riot in the streets inflamed with wild notions. Their morals are decaying. What is to become of them?”
“The children now love luxury; they have bad manners, contempt for authority; they allow disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of exercise. Children now are tyrants, not the servants of their households. They no longer rise when elders enter the room. They contradict their parents, chatter before company, gobble up dainties at the table, cross their legs, and tyrannize their teachers.”
“Young men err in everything by excess and vehemence, contrary to the precept of Chilon; they do all things too much, since they love and hate too much, and likewise in everything else. They fancy and insist that they know all things, and this is why they overdo everything.”
It has been said that any democracy - in fact, most civilizations, only last about 200 years maximum. Then they fall. And they fall, not because of external war or conquest, but because of internal decay. Nations most often fall because of decay from within, and this fall is usually due to a decline in the moral and spiritual values in the family. It is said that "as families go, so goes a nation."
In fact, several researchers stated that there are several phases or stages to a decline in countries or civilizations. Each stage demonstrates changes in values, morality, sexual mores, materialism, pursuit of wealth, roles within the family structure, changes in parenting leadership, discipline and affection, separation and divorce of parents, self-centered individualism breaking apart bonds of loyalty, and finally, as unbelief in God becomes more complete, as parental authority diminished, and as ethical and moral principles disappears - the economy and government are weakened and diminished.
Thus, by internal weakness and fragmentation societies (nations) fall apart. Researches say that families are the foundation of a nation. When the family crumbles, the nation falls because nations are built upon family units. They are the true driving social force. A nation will not be strong unless the family is strong. That was as true in the ancient world as it is today.
Social commentator Michael Novak, writing on the importance of the family, said: "One unforgettable law has been learned through all the disasters and injustices of the last thousand years: If things go well with the family, life is worth living; when the family falters, life falls apart."
This may be a warning to everyone who enjoys their country, their freedoms, their democracy. Do not become too complacent.