So often it is that those superior peoples having attained luxuries and the life of ease after so many generations at peace are no longer eager to risk discomfort to resist those upstarts who aggress against them. In so doing they lose everything, becoming serfs to those who previously served them.
No peoples can long remain at liberty when individually they lose the will to sacrifice and even lose their comfort and yes their lives to ensure the sustenance of the greater good for the majority of their peoples.
Those who are not willing to lose their lives to defend their freedoms will lose their freedoms to those willing to lose their lives to take away others’ freedoms.
This is a truth in business as well as in life.