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The Two Pillars of Civilization
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In every civilization, since the dawn of human civilization, one thing seems to have been ever present, the two pillars.  What are they?  Simply put, Philosophy and Central Authority.  Each civilization has their own, somewhat unique, brand of philosophy and central power structure.  I believe that no civilization will last very long without both of these pillars.  And when you look at what brought down ancient civilizations, it looks like there were attacks on one or both of these pillars.  If one falls, the other soon follows.

Today, in the US, the two pillars are under attack. The first one has already fallen. The second one is now the focus of attack. And it seems that defenders are not doing much to restore the first pillar and are concentrating only on the second (MAGA). They don't seem to realize that it cannot stand without the other (Joachin & Boaz).

The Philosophy pillar comes, traditionally, in the form of religion but is not limited to just that form. The founding fathers of the United States understood this, clearly. But does it not seem clear that the attacks on religion in the last few decades were really aimed at the first pillar? Complaining about "religion" was just a detail. The corruption of our educational institutions is also an attack on the first pillar.

The Central Power pillar comes in the form of a political system, and we have had many forms in the past: feudal, tribal, dictatorship (warlord), socialism, fascism, communism, democracy, republic. Today, its hard to put a single label on the form of government in the US.  That's because it has been under attack for a long time and corruptions have seeped in. The founding fathers would not recognize what type of system the US is today.

If the United States is to survive it must restore the two pillars. Otherwise, it is doomed, like the civilizations of the past. And, as always, the most devastating attacks come from within.

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