Occasionally, one of the voices of importance will say in effect, "We are going to have to accept the fact of our own decline. We must accustom ourselves to returning to being just one nation of many. We couldn't expect to be on top forever."
Is the American era ending?
But I can imagine some Roman Bigwig around the middle of fourth century saying the same things about the empire.
He was right, as in his prophecy proved correct.
Paradoxically, the words he used were wrong.
He should have said, "Pretty soon here, people will be coming to kick in your door, take your stuff, and burn your house. And we won't be able to stop them."
I wonder if he had said that, would the Romans have been more motivated to stand up for the idea of Rome? Or, had the men kicking in doors and taking stuff been their own government officials so long, that the people didn't see much difference between the new plunderers and the old?
Oh, by the way did you see the news?
Enough of this sort of thing and sharia law might start looking good to someone who just wants a little peace and quiet.