"A great civilization is not conquered from without until it has destroyed itself from within." — Will and Ariel Durant
I read the above quote in the trailer for Mel Gibson’s new movie, Apocalypto. The Durants were talking about Rome, not the Incas, but of course, the truth of the quote applies throughout the history of the world. It will apply into the future, too. It reminds me of when I read A Voice in the Wind by Francine Rivers. In the pages of that story about Rome in the First Century, shortly after the fall of Jerusalem, readers could see how Rome destroyed itself from within.
Sometimes I cannot help but see the parallels between ancient Rome and present day USA.