Is the world going to the dogs?
I’ve heard that it is since I was first aware of what I was hearing well over 60 years ago. But consider this quote. “The mind of man—how far will it advance? Where will its daring impudence find limits? If human villainy and human life shall wax in due proportion, if the son shall always grow in wickedness past his father, the gods must add another world to this that all the sinners may have space enough.” Who said that? Euripides Hippolytus in 428 BCE.
If the world has been going to the dogs for over 2,500 years now, shouldn’t it already be completely there. People were awfully brutal and inhumane back in antiquity. It seems to me we actually behave better today. There is less acceptance of slavery, rape-and-pillage conquest, leaving the poor to starve, etc. I think that if you define dogs as rapacious animals, the evidence suggests the world is in fact going away from them. I also think the idea of equating human villainy with our noble canine friends may be nothing more than human vainglory and does a great disservice to man’s best friend. What do you think?