How To Diagnose If A Society Is Declining:
Discarding Sanity
From 'A Study Of Our Decline' by P Atkinson (18-Jun-23)

Decline may be diagnosed by applying any of the following methods:

  1. Determine if the general use of language is losing discipline, for this can only mean the general use of thought is also losing discipline, which is the decay of understanding. Such a result is indicated by the disappearance of plain speaking from citizens' sentiments. An undeniable symptom of the malaise is the deliberate use of more words than necessary, such as invoking "at this moment in time" instead of "now", or "the state of the art" instead of "latest". And the addition of surplus words such as converting a "riot" into a "riot situation"and "opportunity" into "a window of opportunity". As well as the blurring of meaning caused by the popular adoption of vague words like "situation, position" and now (circa 2003) "focus". The less precise our language, the less precise our thoughts, and the less precise our thoughts, the more vague our language; which is a self-sustaining cycle of increasing weakness of understanding. Thus, decay in the general use of language becomes the indisputable hallmark of a declining civilisation. As George Orwell put it:
    "A man may take to drink because he feels himself to be a failure, and then fail all the more completely because he drinks. It is rather the same thing that is happening to the English language. It becomes ugly and inaccurate because our thoughts are foolish, but the slovenliness of our language makes it easier for us to have foolish thoughts."Politics And The English Language (1946)
  2. Determine if the community is discarding or corrupting traditional beliefs about right and wrong, for these beliefs supply sanity so their destruction must win the collapse of order and the loss of communal identity.
  3. Consider the attitude of children towards their parents. When a civilisation is waxing, progeny revere their parents, whom they dare not disobey; but when a civilisation is waning, it is the parents who revere their children whom they fear to upset (see the law of reverse civilisation).
  4. Determine if the community is losing its racial identity (Nationality), for this means it is being invaded by other communities.
  5. Determine if the community has become Matrist in nature by invoking the rules outlined in 'Sex In History' by G.R. Taylor.
  6. Use one of Arnold Toynbee's methods outlined in 'A Study of History', which claimed that:
  7. Consider the community's general attitude to truth: a civilisation rises when it replaces superstition with science; it falls when it replaces science with superstition. Our stance is revealed by the existence of popular delusions, whose absurdity has not prevented them from being adopted as truth by governments. The list of popular delusions include:

AIDS is a sexually transmitted disease

Affirmative Action is sensible

Apartheid is wrong

Australia needs rain

A Big Bang created our cosmos

Banning guns is sensible

Banning racial bias is sensible

Children must not be smacked

CFCs cause a hole in the Ozone layer

Courts uphold justice

DDT must be banned

Democracy is sane rule

Drug Laws are sensible

Environmentalism is sensible

Global Warming is man-made

Jobs for all is essential

Mabo High Court Edict is sane

Mad Cow Disease makes beef toxic

Multiculturalism is sane

Nuclear Power is risky and unnecessary

Obesity won by over-eating

Political Correctness is justice

Sea Levels are rising

Stolen Generations exist

Violence solves nothing

COVID-19 Vaccination is essential.