“It would be some consolation for the feebleness of our selves and our works if all things should perish as slowly as they come into being; but as it is, increases are of sluggish growth, but the way to ruin is rapid.” Lucius AnneausSeneca, Letters to Lucilius, n. 91

The Seneca effect: why decline is faster than growth – https://cassandralegacy.blogspot.com/2011/08/seneca-effect-origins-of-collapse.html