The time has come,’ the Walrus said,
To talk of many things:
Of shoes — and ships — and sealing-wax —
Of cabbages — and kings —
And why the sea is boiling hot —
And whether pigs have wings.’
The Walrus and the Carpenter by Lewis Carroll
Yes the time has come to talk of many things. Western civilization is declining and will, without draconian measures, ultimately collapse from multiple causes. As imperfect as Western civilization is it is the best humanity has come up with to date. Western civilization, although secular, sprang from Christianity but the foundation was laid eight to ten thousand years before that with the advent of agriculture. The fact that much of the culture of Western civilization has appealed to so many and is presently dominating the globe, (even among those that claim to despise it), gives credibility to its desirability. The time has come to accept reality and realize we have some hard choices to make. If we do not make them worse choices will be made for us by circumstances beyond our control and Western civilization will collapse. These forced choices are now unthinkable and even unimaginable but if ignored are unavoidable and inevitable. Most that slander Western civilization owe their very existence to it and if it collapses they and all the gains in knowledge and human rights will collapse with it and we will face a world far more barbaric than the Middle Ages. Many think a glorious Phoenix will arise from the ashes but there will be no glorious Phoenix only the Four Horsemen: Pestilence, Famine, War and Death. Nor will there be any place to run because we are also heading for a planetary collapse. Yes the time has come to talk of many things.