Cartaphilus: How do you determine something has become decadent?
Thumos: With an excess of moral judgment and an exaggerated, romantic estimation of the past.
Cartaphilus: [smile] Not everything can be solved psychologically. Perhaps the more objective answer is where new ideas come from. If they are imported from somewhere else, then that city, nation, world has begun to sink into decadence.
Thumos: I would distinguish between decadent and decadence. One is a judgment, and the other, an age.
Cartaphilus: Because of its stagnation, Teotihuacan is flooded with transplanted doctrines.
Thumos: You may have a point. Rome declined once it began to import foreign ideas.
Cartaphilus: Teotihuacan can no longer create new religions or uphold its decaying mythologies...