P.S. Maybe all of these problems seem trivial compared to, say, war. But war, for all its horror, can pull a country together, reinvigorate it, because there is a clear purpose and external enemy (whether the purpose and cause are just is another matter, but at least some wars seem justified and just)

Meanwhile, what to do when the enemy is internal, within all of us ourselves? We have an internal cultural sickness, with all the symptoms mentioned here and more. When we lose faith, trust, and concern for each other, then what is left? Pure individualism is not enough.

Maybe it's this internal rot, more than war or other "external" causes, that really destroys a civilization.

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