A Lesson From History

Settle down, class, settle down, I know that ancient history is hardly thrilling to most of you, but you could at least pretend to pay attention. Besides, today we’re going to discuss the collapse of the Euro-American Empire, or as it was known at the time, Western Civilisation. Originally built on the industrious work ethic of its proletariat classes, and the relentless empire building of its ruling class, Western Civilisation began its gradual decline shortly after the second of its world wars. As the twentieth century closed and the twenty first began their culture began to essentially worship youth and beauty. As physical beauty came to be revered above all other traits, so did intellectualism come to be increasingly devalued, and, indeed, it reached a point where ignorance itself was actually celebrated. In time the people came to reject the leadership of wise and learned men and instead opted to be led by those they viewed as being just as stupid as they themselves were.

This worship of youth and beauty took its most sinister twist in the lengths that people took to stave off the inevitable effect of ageing. They would bathe their teeth in harmful chemicals, mutilate their faces and bodies through invasive surgical procedures that often included potentially harmful implants, and even went to the lengths of having poison directly injected into their faces. Yes, and well you might grimace; they poisoned themselves and cut themselves up in the pursuit of physical perfection. It seems absurd to us now, but at the time they generally believed that such barbaric rituals would imbue them with self-confidence.

The vanity, the self-hatred, the deification of the young, beautiful and stupid…these were the things that brought down Western Civilisation. The days of Europe and America standing together as the greatest civilisation in the world, the first civilisation that put men on the moon, were soon to come to an end. The world was soon engulfed by an era of great turmoil, characterised by wars over dwindling resources and natural disasters caused by man-made climate change. It could all have been so easily avoided, they had the technology, they had the knowledge, but those with the answers were neither young nor pretty, so the march of civilisation stalled.

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Ian Sharman
Ian is a freelance writer and artist. He founded Orang Utan Comics Studio with Peter Rogers in 2006, writes for their Eagle Award Nominated anthology Eleventh Hour and regularly inks for Panini’s Marvel Heroes comic.
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