“When people accept futility and the absurd as normal, the culture is decadent”

“The system was rotten. This had been said over and over; yet the old hulk was immovable. When people accept futility and the absurd as normal, the culture is decadent. The term is not a slur; it is a technical label.”

From Dawn To Decadence–1500 To The Present–500 Years of Western Cultural Life, p. 11, Jacques Barzun