Those of you who've followed my blog are aware of my propensity to use the Roman Empire as an analogy for self-conquest, as evidenced by my guest posts at the Taming Project Chaos Blog.
Recently, I've noticed a certain trend in the media and thought current of America that the US is late-stage Roman Empire, at power's peak with nowhere else to go but down.
I've found an interesting way to possibly evaluate the late-stage empire assertion, and I want your opinion on whether or not its valid. Here goes:
People never seem to want to empty their garbage cans: (okay, I'm even guilty at times) Anyone else notice this? You can walk into someone's kitchen, open up the door to the trash can and see a veritable Taj Mahal rising from the top of the bin. And the oddest part is you know it took more work to create the trash sculpture than it would have to simply take the trash out and put a new bag in the can.
So here's where I need your help: Has it always been this way, people making garbage art 3 feet high off of the tops of their trash cans? When the Greatest Generation was getting the baby boom on in the 1950s, did they pile the trash until it looked like the Lexcorp Towers. Or did they take it out? Because if it's always been this way, then who's to say we're late-stage anything? We're just great artists.
On the other hand, if we've just recently taken up the habit of making sculpture out of trash, well then my friend, we may just smack dab in the fat and happy camp. It would either show laziness to discard the ultra-convenient products we consume, or an unreal amount of materialism that we cannot part with the waste elements of our activity.
Well, I'm off to Chipotle for my 1 pound burrito. Bling Bling.