How to Live in a Declining Civilisation
From A Study of Our Decline by P Atkinson (16/4/2016)

Nothing can be done to halt the decline of a civilisation; it is an irreversible, inevitable process that occurs with every civilisation. Concerned citizens must learn to live in a hell called heaven without losing hope. The community is now senile and can no longer do anything sensible, so it is futile to try to:

Fortunate Birthday

Being born just after the Second World War meant tradition was still a sensible force during my childhood, which supplied two crucial assets:

Lack of Sensible Purpose

The subsequent erosion of tradition has seen language lose its clarity and duty become uncertain, so making it difficult for the unselfish to determine a sensible purpose for their life.

Only Recourse

The only thing a sensible citizen can do is:

It is also the duty of all unselfish citizens to silently endure the increasing excesses of our senile community to avoid accelerating our demise.

And to resist the tyranny demanded by— his society, which is trying to rob and enslave him;—and inflicted by terrorists who are trying to enslave or kill him.

To escape poverty, slavery and sudden death, citizens should evade both these tyrannies the best way they can.

And for me there are two other tasks:

  1. to attempt to persuade citizens of their communityʼs demise by spreading the word.
  2. to attempt to save the tangible fruits of civilisation already in existence, which are Books that have already survived one Dark Age by such authors as Livy, Plutarch, and Tacitus as well as those of our own civilisation such as David Hume, Edward Gibbon, Edmund Burke.

Life is for living, and despite the ever-present growing shadow of decline, citizens should enjoy those fruits of civilisation that are still available, rather than lament those that are lost. Always remember that, during decline, time makes everything worse; so it could be that our present will be regarded by the future as a golden age, when poverty, chaos, death and destruction were not commonplace.

Consolation: Justice is Done

It is difficult to endure the constant stream of lies and glaring injustice without a desire to use violence to rectify both, but the minority of unselfish citizens should try to console themselves with the notion that regardless of whether a community is waxing or waning, justice is done: when the multitude is unselfish (virtuous) they win increasing wealth and order, but when the multitude is selfish (sinful) they win increasing poverty and chaos; which is the message of religion: virtue wins heaven while sin wins hell.