Recently, The History Channel ran a series called “Barbarians Rising.” It addressed the history of the collapse of the Roman Empire, which took place over 600 years. Initially, the uprising of barbarians was due to the resistance the Romans found from certain leaders of the tribes being overrun, in the empire’s expansions outward. Then, after Rome realized it could no longer be colonial at will, its ultimate demise came from outer attacks on the empire’s defensive boundaries.
In 2002, Mel Gibson and Joaquin Phoenix starred in a movie that was hyped as a blockbuster. The movie was named “Signs.” The commercials on television made it look like crop circles were the type of signs “Signs” was about. Having always been a believer in signs, and having enjoyed the movie “Sixth Sense,” (directed by the same director – M. Night Shyamalan), I went to a theater to see the movie. In my mind, the movie sucked. To say it was a disappointment would be a huge