Rudyard Kipling penned many of the most inspirational works of my formative years. Whether it was laughing at the simple “Just So Stories” or learning what makes one a real man in “If…”, I loved it all.
It’s been a long time since I read “The Gods of the Copybook Headings”. Bill Whittle from PJTV recently translated this poem to be more easily understood by modern culture, as some of the references have become lost to the days of classical education. See the YouTube video HERE for his take on the poem.
I read through the poem several times to allow it to sink in. As King Solomon wrote, there is nothing new under the sun. The Roman Empire is a terrifying example: A nation used their superior technology(much of it garnered from various nations it acquired) to become the leader of the world. Their society, art, military might, etc was unparalleled in the entire known world at that time.
And they fell. Entire books have been written on the cause of Rome’s fall from power, but it can be boiled down to a few key points:
- Societal Collapse
- Economic Problems
- Military Dependance
Take a look at our culture. Like Rome, our society has changed. When America was founded, Christianity was dominant, farmers were the basis of the economy, and the government was designed to protect citizens from foreign powers and each other. Fast forward to today; christians (and other religions) are spat upon by libaral culture. We worship pretty people on camera. Our culture encourages immorality, and idolizes sex, money, and the latest fashion. We’re poised for a rude awakening when all that is lost.
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