Civilization is not merely any complex society. Civilization is a constant Moral Choice, made every day. A constant fight, an uphill struggle, against fallen human nature. It is hardly the easiest way of life; indeed, it may be the hardest, yet it is the best, for the simple reason that the alternative is death. Death of the Body, Death of the Soul, Death of every Human decency, the victory of evil in our lives.
Yet our Civilization is failing, its defenders are in retreat and the forces which would destroy have won the field. This is how Civilization dies, with retreat. When its defenders cease fighting, when they sue for peace and are slaughtered. Yet so long as we keep fighting and never falter in our belief, we shall not be defeated.