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What is decadence?

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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...


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I wonder campa :mrgreen: are this intellectual exercises or writing practices, or are they fragments of your Graphic novel?

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Exercises. I already posted my first chapter in the Creative Writing forum. Do you have any thoughts about decadence? Even the Hellenistic Greeks thought they considered their time inferior to earlier and more blissful times:

"The men of early times were better than we and nearer to the Gods." Philebus, 16c

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