(1). Concern with displaying affluence instead of building wealth. How does that compare to America today? Let me just say, “car payment.”
(2). Obsession with sex and perversions of sex. Sad to say that many advertising companies use sex to sell a product that has nothing to do with sex, from soft drinks to automobiles.
(3). Art becomes freakish and sensationalistic instead of creative and original. I have been to Europe a few times and see a massive difference between “art” and well what we have today. Keep in mind that Gibbon lived in 1700s so “freakishness” was different then. He would likely had a heart attack seeing a crucifix in a jar of urine being called art, even though he wasn’t Christian.
(4). Widening disparity between very rich and very poor. This is getting worse each decade and it doesn’t matter which president is in office.
(5). Increased demand to live off the state. There are 11 states right now that have more people living off welfare than working. Welfare pays more than $15 per hour in 13 states.
It is laughable that Gibbon would write this! Obviously he was not familiar with scripture ( he was not Christian) because if he did read the scriptures he would find that God not only instructs but demands that Christians work hard here on earth, but would also be forbidden to worship Rome.
The fall of Rome started somewhere around AD 190. The Roman Empire was attacked by tribes such as the Goths and the Vandals (I guess they also suffered from holes in border security?!) Civil wars in parts of Rome also weakened the rule of Rome and respect for Roman law declined as a result.
Tribes such as the Goths wanted to move south to obtain better farmland. At about AD 190, Rome also experienced a succession of emperors that were not capable of leading the Empire (sounds familiar.) As Dr Ben Carsen says, “If we commit ourselves to reading, thus increasing our knowledge, only God limits how far we can go in this world.” Unfortunately today most of our politicians are trained with one-track “conveyor belt education” type thinking and don’t read anything that doesn’t support their idea of truth there with missing it all together.