Decline may be diagnosed by applying any of the following methods:
1. Determine if the community has become Matrist in nature by invoking the rules outlined in "Sex In History" by G.R. Taylor.
2. Use one of Arnold Toynbee's methods outlined in "A Study Of History" which claimed that:
i. The first eruption of a class war marked the onset of decline. (The French Revolution in our case).
ii. A Declining civilization will be attacked by Barbarian War Bands; a graphic example of such an attack on Western Civilization being the destruction of the twin towers of the World Trade Centre in New York, 11th September 2001 ('911').
3. Determine if the community is discarding or corrupting traditional beliefs about right and wrong, for these beliefs impose order so their destruction must win the collapse of order.
4. Determine if the general use of language is losing discipline, for this can only mean the general use of thought is also losing discipline, which is a decay of understanding. Such a result is indicated by the disappearance of plain speaking from citizens' sentiments. An undeniable symptom of the malaise is the deliberate use of more words than necessary, such as invoking "at this moment in time" instead of "now", or "the state of the art" instead of "latest". And the addition of surplus words such as converting a "riot" into a "riot situation" and "opportunity" into "a window of opportunity". As well as the blurring of meaning caused by the popular adoption of vague words like "situation, position" and now (circa 2003) "focus". The less precise our language the less precise our thoughts, and the less precise our thoughts the more vague our language; which is a self-sustaining cycle of increasing weakness of understanding. Or as George Orwell put it:
"A man may take to drink because he feels himself to be a failure, and then fail all the more completely because he drinks. It is rather the same thing that is happening to the English language. It becomes ugly and inaccurate because our thoughts are foolish, but the slovenliness of our language makes it easier for us to have foolish thoughts."—Politics And The English Language, 1946
Which makes decay in the general use of language the indisputable hallmark of a declining civilization.
5. Consider the community's general attitude to truth; a civilization rises because it pursues truth, it falls when it suppresses truth. Our stance is revealed by the existence of popular delusions, whose absurdity has not prevented them from being adopted as truth by governments. The list of popular delusions include:
6. Consider the attitude of children towards their parents. When a civilization is waxing progeny revere their parents whom they dare not disobey, but when a civilization is waning it is the parents who revere their children whom they fear to upset—see the law of reverse civilization.
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