When my son Ken travels, whether in this country or around the globe, he knows I’m very interested in what he’s doing and where he is, so he sends emails, writes on social media and calls via phone, describing his travels. So it has been on his recent trip to Europe.

He is so articulate in his descriptions of his travels, I think had he not been the founder of a successful company, he would have been a tour guide for some travel agency. His recent trip to Pompeii, Italy was particularly interesting for several reasons, not the least of which is the parallel between such cities as Rome and Pompeii, and all that is happening currently here in United States in cities like Detroit.

We all know from history that Rome, Italy at one time was the most advanced and influential city in history. Rome ruled the known world at one period in history but eventually it crumbled from within.

Pompeii, another advanced and prosperous city, was destroyed by an act of nature, after the residents ignored the laws of nature. About five miles from the mountain, it was a flourishing resort for Rome’s most distinguished citizens. The people gathered in the 20,000 seat arena to enjoy events of the times. Pompeii enjoyed elaborate homes and elegant villas. Open markets, small factories, artisan shops, taverns, brothels and bathhouses lined the streets

The area of Mt. Vesuvious attracted tourists from surrounding areas, including Greece. With a reputation of sun, fun and sex. Thousands of years old, Mt. Vesuvius has erupted more than 50 times. The most famous eruption was in the year 79 AD, when the volcano buried the ancient city of Pompeii under a a heavy duty carpet of volcanic ash. Thousands died, and the area was abandoned until 1748, when it was rediscovered by a group of explorers, who were surprised to find a city intact, buried beneath the volcanic ash.

My daughter-in-law, Liz, describes her fascination and intrigue, after a recent visit to Pompeii. Impressed to learn how advanced they were, when suddenly by an act of nature, the entire city was buried intact beneath a mountain of ash. Because of some limited digging beneath, there’s evidence of a period in time where “sex in the city” was the drawing card for surrounding areas.

As I see it, the most important lesson we could learn from the history of fallen advanced cities in Italy is this, that Nature will eventually have its way. Regardless of the values of human nature to pick and choose to violate Natural laws of the Universe, in the end, we lose, and Nature has its way. And history going centuries backwards teaches us, if we could only stop look and listen we could avoid the same fallen civilization in this country.

Which brings us to this day and age here in the United States of America, living in a country where we at one time had it all, Freedom to live the life of pleasure and plenty, and all we had to do was follow the rules of Nature. Which inherently has a list of rules we must follow to maintain and sustain, i.e., a list of things we are not to do. From the great moral guide of the Ten Commandments we are informed what not to do. And further expressed in the Declaration of Independence.

However we have defied and ignored which led us to the predicament we are in today. Detroit, a large city, quite successful and prosperous, now moaning and groaning over its bankruptcy. With news and predictions other cities to follow the same fate.

And here we are in my hometown of Atlanta, Georgia, wrestling and battling over building a larger sports stadium, over protests from taxpayers, churches and religious groups over the land area, relative to the site of the proposed new facility. The politics of those who seek power and pleasure, is out-pictured daily in the news.

Why is it, I ask, we have not learned the lessons of history? How come we of the homo sapiens species, having lived in a period of great prosperity, and had it all, have not learned the lessons from previous advanced civilizations, like Rome and Pompeii and Greece? Ignoring the cause of their downfall, now relics of the past, and today’s tourist attractions.

I’m recalling Voltaire, who grabbed the baby from the mother’s arms and said, “Tell me everything you know.” And I can hardly wait to see and ask my three grandchildren what they learned from their recent trip to Europe, visiting these relic cities of the past.

Definitely, the history of these fallen cities and civilizations of the past are not taught in today’s public school system. Any connection with what “they” did, while we the people in this country are following the same route, with the same results, we are now seeing in this country, are not taught in the tax-supported school system. Instead an indoctrination into the same squandering lifestyles which led to the downfall and destruction of former civilizations. Love and acceptance of the nanny state of political government.

Never has the mantra “fiddling while Rome burns” been more apropo today, as we watch nightly on the news, fiddling while cities crash, farmlands lying idle, while we import genetically modified food supplies from other countries, and productive factories are empty and idle, while moaning and groaning over the absence of jobs, as more and more jump on the food-stamp program.

Who out there among us is asking, “What’s the Cause?” Why is that? Quite simply because we are looking to a centralized political regime to solve the problems we the people have set up and let happen. Just like those former prosperous civilizations, we have abandoned the self-responsibility required to be free and prosperous. Plus ignoring the one absolute, i.e., Nature is going to have its way.

From Aldous Huxley of “Brave New World” comes this quote: “Only a large scale popular movement toward decentralization and self-help can arrest the current tendency toward Statism. A really efficient totalitarian state would be one in which the all-powerful executive of political bosses and their army of managers control a population of slaves who do not have to be coerced because they love their servitude. To make them love it is the task assigned, in present-day totalitarian states, to ministries of propaganda, newspaper editors and school-teachers.”

And Albert Einstein said, “The ruling class has the schools and press under its thumb. This enables it to sway the emotions of the masses.”


Email: annecleveland@bellsouth.net

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