Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Fall of Roman Empire Over 500 Years

Reason(s) why the Roman Empire fell:
Decline in Morals - Corruption - Failing Economy

A decline in morals, especially in the rich upper classes and the emperors, had a devastating impact on the Romans. Immoral and promiscuous sexual behaviour including adultery and orgies... The power of the Praetorian Guard, the elite bodyguards of the emperor, led to political corruption and grew to such an extent that this massive troop of soldiers decided on whether an emperor should be disposed of and who should become the new emperor!

Reason why the Roman Empire fell: Wars - Military Spending
The Government was constantly threatened by bankruptcy. The cost of defending the Empire, the failing economics, heavy taxation and high inflation was another reason why the Roman Empire fell. The majority of the inhabitants of the Roman Empire failed to share in the incredible prosperity of Rome. The flow of gold to the orient to pay for luxury goods led to a shortage of gold to put in Roman coins. Roman currency was devalued to such an extent that a system of bartering returned to one of the greatest civilisations the world had ever known.

Reason why the Roman Empire fell: Decline in Ethics and Values
Life became cheap - bloodshed led to more bloodshed and extreme cruelty. The values, the ideals, customs, traditions and institutions, of the Romans declined. The basic principles, standards and judgments about what was valuable or important in life also declined. The total disregard for human and animal life resulted in a lack of ethics - a perverted view of what was right and wrong, good and bad, desirable and undesirable. Any conformity to acceptable rules or standards of human behaviour were being lost...

Reason why the Roman Empire fell - Multiple Causes over 500 years

Best is you go to the link and read in detail the summary of reasons for the fall of the Roman Empire. It kind of looks familiar.. in many ways #-)

I imagine - for some strange reason - that human beings are a PLANETARY SOCIETY .. not a global society and not a divided continental society .. we are born from the Earth, we live on the Earth and we are all human (whatever that means) .. we share this planet.

The Internet has made us aware that we humans share planet Earth. People read my Blog from every continent on the planet.. does it really matter what color skin you have or where you are born? Human is human, right?

So, what is the answer to this approaching disaster?

"...So after all this long evolution we are still barbarians. And we shall remain barbarians - I am using that word, one is using that word in the real sense, not in the Roman sense. The Roman sense was anybody in the ancient Rome who does not belong to the Roman Empire, or who didn't speak Latin and so on. We are using that word 'barbarous' in the sense that we are extraordinarily primitive, self-centred, amazingly violent, incredibly violent and brutal. In our gesture, in our words and so on. We are still tribalists - the British, the French, the Indian with their division of Sikh and all the rest of it. And if we are that now after centuries of evolution we will be still that in the tomorrows. So the future is now. Right?" Jiddu Krishnamurti