MimesisAndCivilization (ThoughtStorms)

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TheArchDruid cites ArnoldToynbee's theory that civilizations are made by Mimesis. In healthy, growing civilizations, the population admire, aspire to be like and emulate those at the top.

In the declining / falling civilizations, those at the top have become so greedy / irresponsible that they forfeit that admiration, and the population turn their admiration to others, often outsiders and criminal elements who are idolized and copied.