July 20, 2007
Chicken Little Was Right

The architect Ralph Adams Cram, who built the new West Point and the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, wrote this in 1935:

It would seem to be true that by some mysterious law civilization divides itself into periods of five centuries, each with its swift rise, its high culmination, its dying fall, when all is to do over again. Our own five-hundred-year period has but a scant seventy years to run, and in spite of the delusive glamour of supreme scientific discovery, inventive achievement, and industrial supremacy, the signs of the declining curve of essential power are not far to seek.

Death in 1942 mercifully spared Cram the sight of Doctor Dre, Donald Trump, the Reverend Jerry Falwell, the Roberts court, and the three GOP candidates for the presidency who raised their hands when asked if they believed in evolution.

These are picked more or less at random from the endless parade of other clowns, fools, thieves, hypocrites and villains who powerfully indicate that we are indeed, just as Cram foretold, in the end times and heading down.

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Posted by Jerome Doolittle at July 20, 2007 04:23 PM
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I went on bookfinder.com to see if I could determine what book this might have come out of. Lo and behold, this guy must have been one of the most prolific writers of his era. Most of his writing seems to have centered around architecture, but there are quite are clearly social commentary. I suspect reading some of his books might be much more worthwhile than reading what Nock would have termed "the popular favorite... generally some Barabbas". Do you have any recommendations?

A small point. I am sure the stonemasons, bricklayers, carpenters and other workmen who built the cathedrals Cram is given credit for would take issue with the statement that Cram "built" them. We might contrast that with the CEO's of today who claim that they "built" their companies and are entitled to huge compensation packages. This topic might be worthy as a further discussion topic on this blog.

And our readers might find "Why men do not behave like Human beings" by Cram an entertaining and enlightening essay. Plug the title into the google and it comes up on the first page.

Posted by: Buck on July 23, 2007 7:20 AM
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