Decadence – The Moral Decline of Society

Decadence is defined as ‘the act or process
of falling into an inferior condition or state‘, ‘moral degeneration or decay‘, or ‘unrestrained
or excessive self-indulgence‘. It is often attributed as one of the reasons
why empires fall, the classic example being the Roman Empire. One thing I have noticed of late, is that
our society (at least, Western society) is in a severe state of decadence. Big Brother UK: A Snapshot of Society’s
Decadence I have recently been watching the first few
episodes of Big Brother UK 2016. I watched Big Brother last year and found
it quite entertaining. There were lots of interesting characters
who formed some interesting relationships. There were some troubles between contestants,
but overall, it was a nice experience. Some contestants probably truly came out better
people after living in the Big Brother house. Now, I’m not shocked easily, but I think
things have gone too far in the 2016 series. Some might say that Big Brother isn’t a
true reflection of society. They would argue that the whole situation
is contrived by the producers to make a TV show that will be watched by the most number
of people. Their goal is to create as much controversy
as possible, or at least, create an environment that is conducive to controversy. This is a sure way to attract lots of viewers. On the other hand, the producers can’t force
the contestants to act against their beliefs, at least not in the long-term. So I am of the opinion that the contestants
are a true reflection of the current state of society. They are acting exactly how they would act
on the outside, despite what they say. Chelsea Singh, a 48 year old millionaire businessman
from London was quite open about his wealth. A number of times he as mentioned that he
owns a Bentley, has bodyguards who follow him in the car behind, and was quite proud
of the fact that he spent £10,000 in a single night out at a nightclub. Evelyn Ellis, a young, attractive, tattooed
bar hostess from Sydney seemed quite likeable at first. However, after a couple of days in the house,
she was caught up in a game of Truth or Dare in the hot tub. She was dared to take off her top and hold
her breasts. Without any hesitation, she immediately complied. A couple of rounds later, she was dared to
kiss the other girl topless. Again she complied. At first, it only lasted a couple of seconds,
but then she voluntarily leaned back in and started passionately kissing the other girl,
topless, in the hot tub, in front of the two other male participants. Not to mention the fact that she was being
watched by an international audience from home. All she had to say to the camera after kissing
the girl was, “Sorry Dad”. She then went into the bathroom and started
dancing around topless with the other girl singing a song together. Jackson Blyton, 24, was quite open about the
fact that he has bedded over 300 woman. Marco Pierre White Jr, 21, is the son of a
famous British chef. He’s very outgoing, heavily tattooed, and
was quick to mention that he has a fiancée who has given him a “hall pass” while
in the Big Brother house. His meaning was that it is okay for him to
“fool around” with other girls while he is on the show. He was very quick to take off his shirt, pole
dance, and participate in other acts of decadence. With little hesitation, he made his feelings
apparent for another contestant, Laura Carter, an attractive 30 year old red head from London
whose claim to fame is participating in a threesome with Justin Bieber. She promised on camera (a number of times)
that she would not participate in any lewd acts while in the Big Brother house, but quickly
broke that promise. She allowed Marco to literally touch her all
over, lick her breasts, put his hands down the front of her pants, passionately kiss
her in front of the other contestants, and a whole host of other lechery. Marco put a belt around his neck and got Laura
to (pretend to) strangle him while saying terrible things that can’t be mentioned. She promised not to have sex in the house,
but in the last episode I saw, Marco was in her bed late at night. Going by the night vision footage of the look
on her face, it was obvious something sexual was going on under the covers. If it’s any consolation, Marco’s fiancée
Kim Melville-Smith broke up with him after his public infidelity. All Marco had to say was that there was a
misunderstanding between them on the definition of “hall pass”. Anyway, there are a whole bunch of other contestants
who are equally materialistic, lewd, and shining examples of the current state of decadence
in our society, or at least, society in the UK. I can’t remember who said it – maybe a
couple of the contestants implied it – that Botox injections are completely normal and
people who don’t do it look ugly. Wrinkles look ugly. Breast implants seem to be common and encouraged,
heavy make-up is worn by all, and the girls are mostly dressed in skin-tight leotards,
short skirts or shorts, and more often than not, showing off their cleavage. Sometimes, they don’t wear anything at all. If there’s one saving grace, there’s Andy
West, 34, a gay journalist who left the BBC after its refusal to remove boxer Tyson Fury
from the Sports Personality of the Year shortlist late last year. He went to the diary room to express his disgust
with the house. I can’t remember his exact words, but he
said that it was extremely hard to have an intelligent conversation with anyone. He said that as soon as he starts talking
with any of the other contestants, they generally change the focus of the conversation back
to themselves, talking about their fake tan, new Ferrari, large nipples, or any other superficial
or materialistic topic. Decadence Is Our Downfall Earlier this year at my university, I was
helping a student on their first day of the year. Many of the academic staff stood up to give
a welcoming speech to all the new students. The common theme was to “have fun”. The staff seemed to be actively encouraging
students to “party hard”, but also “study hard”. I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. When I was first at uni (1997), staff would
never have said such a thing. I guess they are trying to show themselves
as “cool”, and don’t want to be seen as the “fun police”. They’re probably also acknowledging that
students are going to attend parties whether they like it or not, so they may as well openly
allow it in a way that doesn’t go against core university values. However, imagine if we lose the moral fabric
in our schools and universities. If students are allowed to misbehave, they
will slowly lose their morality as they go out into the job field. They will go from misbehaving students, to
misbehaving parents, CEOs, business owners, police and other important areas of society. This will result in a slow decay of society
overall and will cause us to go the way of ancient Rome. Yes, Big Brother may only be a TV show, but
the very fact that we allow this misbehaviour to be publicly broadcast means that society
is losing its moral fabric. Young adults watching such programs will believe
that it’s okay to “sleep around”, verbally abuse people, touch girls all over, get drunk
and take off your clothes, swear whenever you like, and generally act like a jackass. Some people call it harmless fun. I think there’s nothing harmless about it. Decadence is rife. Update (June 24, 2016) Just to be clear, I’m not against people
having sexual fun behind closed doors. What consenting adults do in the privacy of
their own home is none of my business. I also acknowledge that people from various
cultures and periods of history have participated in an assortment of lecherous acts, none of
which have brought down society. We are, after all, only humans with a strong
urge to reproduce. However, what I do disagree with is the brazen,
public display of such acts. This is what makes society ill. This is the decadence that I am referring


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