“know what it was took down ever’ civilization in history? It wadn’t disease, nor war, nor famine; it was god-damned prosperity.”
I reckon he was right too. There is nothing wrong with philosophers or artists. A civilisation needs them too, and Rome had always produced its fair share of them. But when society begins to believe that it is now far too good to get its hands dirty and everybody thinks they are a philosopher or an artist (or a coder or a sociologist) then it starts to stagnate and become mired in endless re-hashing of worn out ideas. Meanwhile nothing is getting done, (and nobody is making the little farmers and builders of the future.) It is prosperity and too much luxury that leads to that kind of societal arrogance.