Historical examples as a means of providing emphasis.
Like Rome most earlier societies that rose subsequently fell, at least partway. Not too long ago Spain was the richest and most powerful nation on earth. Later both France and
England won and lost this distinctive position. Before Spain's dominance, Syria, Egypt, Greece,
and many other societies traveled through history like shooting stars, appearing on one
horizon and disappearing on the other. Survival - let alone "thrival" - of a society is
not assured by any historical law. If anything, history seems to indicate that the fall of an
elevated society is inevitable. But the future is not completely contained in the past; much of it has yet to be written. (RF 3)
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