There Exists Decadence
I prefer to stay on the humble and complicit side of judgement or macro-diagnosis of the human march of tragedy. This fellow, Douglas Knight, simply states it so plainly, however, that I would feel the disservice in not reposting his remarks.
When wealth becomes the end, … there exists economic decadence. … When power becomes the end, you have political decadence; When pleasure becomes the end, you have moral decadence; and when emotions become the end, you have psychological decadence.
Perhaps the leading cause of this sort of statement going misunderstood or not even considered is the magnitude of brokenness. It hides in every crack and corner, under every rock, and in every fold of our understanding. I described recently to a friend, Mr. Wendell Berry’s explanation of the sacrifice of fulfillment for the sake of indulgence. This quote, and Mr. Knight’s short post are a reiteration of the oblivious movements of a culture on its way down the pipes. Read the rest of his article.
Breaks my heart, but we participate in the foolery if we expect life to its fullest as we imagine it.