Originally Posted by Markola
Who says being an empire is the objective of history?
I hope I didn't communicate that impression!
It's more along the lines of Dalio's observations that when an empire falls, it's rarely pretty. I believe he said it was the Netherlands that handled the decline as well as it could be handled, but I could be wrong.
Anyway, he described many cases throughout history where the decline was pretty painful, in economic terms and/or in terms of human suffering (typically a war between the current power and a rising challenger).