Here’s a note of despair from, of all places, the Grauniad, that is to say an English Liberal newspaper, The Guardian, (once famed for its consistently poor proof reading hence the epithet). It ran a story yesterday that proves Western civilization is indeed collapsing.
For the Romans it was lead in the water; for the fall of the Elizabethans it was fat in the (semi) colon… As Shelley so presciently said: “Look upon my works, ye Mighty, and despair”.
I had to check the full quote from Ozymandias and it’s even more accurate about the hand cart to hell-ness of the colossal wreck that used to be civilization. Last scene of Planet of the Apes and all, when Charlton Heston encounters the Statue of Liberty…
Look on my Works, ye Mighty, and despair!Nothing beside remains. Round the decayOf that colossal Wreck, boundless and bareThe lone and level sands stretch far away.”