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Plus ca change

Ray Drainville

Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose: “Our youth now love luxury. They have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for their elders and love chatter in place of exercise; they no longer rise when elders enter the room; they contradict their parents, chatter before company; gobble up their food and tyrannize their teachers.” — Socrates


Notable signs of the impending apocalypse

Ray Drainville

The experts agree: the sign is writing books, obviously. From an Assyrian source of around 2,800 BC:

Our Earth is degenerate in these later days; there are signs that the world is speedily coming to an end; bribery and corruption are common; children no longer obey their parents; every man wants to write a book and the end of the world is evidently approaching.

That quote has a long post-history: Cicero stole it!

Times are bad. Children no longer obey their parents, and everyone is writing a book.