What will our Ozymandias say to the future?

ozymandias-percy-shelley-with-poem-34054575160_c4cc6a68e0_bI’ve often wondered what historians of the future will think about us and our demise while sifting through the rubble of our civilization. There are many volumes on the reasons for the fall of Rome. We know what happened to the Spanish, French and British Empires. The Mayan collapse is still somewhat mysterious, although there are theories.

But when it comes to us, this mighty civilization that rose out of the Age of Reason and accomplished wonders in 400 years that eclipsed those of the previous 4,000, what will they conclude?

That, ironically, after surviving the bubonic plague, cholera, several world wars, and many natural disasters, we were finally done in by mass hysteria over a virus that, compared to the great epidemics of history, was rather unremarkable.

And round the decay of our colossal wreck, boundless and bare, the lone and level sands will stretch far away.

Tom Mullen is the author of Where Do Conservatives and Liberals Come From? And What Ever Happened to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness? Part One and A Return to Common Sense: Reawakening Liberty in the Inhabitants of America.

2 thoughts on “What will our Ozymandias say to the future?

  1. Anna

    dont mean to be so flippant.. we were taken over by the thinkless, like a virus with no check from a healthy immune system the mindless, the nitwits, the sheeple grew out of control and took over..

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  2. Steve LaBianca

    Nice article . . . and a sad commentary. But I would make one change – from my analysis, it is unfair to put all the blame of “we” (assuming some “coherent”, homogeneous “we”). There is in fact a “we and “they”. Yeah, the “we” to a large extent are sheeple but “they” are evil manipulators who seek power over others, unearned wealth and get it through the mechanism of the coercive element in society – the state.

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