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I disagree with what I perceive to be the main idea in this work - that decline is inevitable.
The idea that cancer is an incurable disease is similar to the notion that this decline in our civilization is inevitable: cancer is not only curable, but entirely preventable. (Sorry if this rankles you, but the facts exist if you want to seek them out. Don't merely react according to your conditioning and scoff and eye-roll). There is a reason for the seemingly terminal nature of cancer. It has to do with shaping of human perception and suppressing of information. We hear often enough that we are cursed and that cancer is incurable, and we start believing it. We grow moustaches and ride bikes for charity, but we never sit down and ask 'WHY is there such a rise in breast cancer, prostate cancer, and children's cancer?' We just shrug it off as if it's perfectly acceptable, because we perceive that 'that's just the way it is' and 'we can't do anything about it!' (except ride bikes and grow moustaches).
BUT - there exists a veritable library of Alexandria containing all the best works of literature among endless flotsam of garbage that and it is waiting to be sought out and found. (hopefully the empire won't torch it with a kill switch, though!) You just have to seek it out. All the best minds and their works, plus all the average minds communicating information together - these facts and conversations are available online to be accessed and assessed. People ARE figuring out the WHY of things. They may be small in number, but they do exist and in fact, the numbers are growing (at a rate much higher than the 2.1 of minimum population replacement!)
Ignorance is systemic. The system isn't broken; it was built that way. CUI BONO. Whom does it benefit that most people are ignorant? WHO PAYS for the education that is mandated to us? Of course the TAXPAYERS do, but it's meted out by the state, and it serves them VERY well that the populace is dumbed down.
This book has plenty of what, where, when and who, but lacks the fundamental WHY.
All the general grammar is ok. The facts conform with reality as far as I know. But the logic of why these facts came to be is entirely lacking. It seems to shrug that it's all a cosmic joke being played out over and over.
I like the parts about CO2 and CFC paranoia. But again, the deeper understanding of WHY there should be such total media compliance with the promulgation of this propaganda is not questioned. It NEEDS to be. Once again, the question WHO BENEFITS is not asked. WHY should there be a propaganda campaign against CFCs or CO2? Whom does it benefit?!
Perhaps the WHY of Our Decline will be explained in Philip's sequel.
I hope so. The cosmic joke might just be on him.
Public displays confirming private suspicions about the vitality of the Australian
UNDENIABLE SIGNS OF COMMUNAL SENILITY
TWO KINDS OF PEOPLE TWO MODES OF COMMUNITY
THE ROLE OF MORALITY
WHAT IS DECLINING?
DEFINING DECLINE OF A CIVILIZATION
THE LOSS OF PUBLIC SANITY 119 11 THE GENERAL IMPACT OF DECLINE UPON A CIVILIZATION
THE START OF THE DECLINE OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION
HOW TO LIVE IN A DECLINING CIVILIZATION
THE END OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION
THE LAW OF REVERSE CIVILIZATION
A THEORY OF CIVILIZATION
IMPACT OF COMMUNAL DECLINE UPON AUSTRALIA
A SIMPLE EXAMPLE OF THE PROCESS OF DECLINE