Spender: You know, a race creates itself for a million years, refines itself, does everything it can to give itself respect and beauty, and then it dies. Part in its own time, with dignity as it should be, but the other part... does it perish of some majestic affliction? No, it doesn't. It dies of a disease that does not kill the youngest child on Earth. It's like saying that the Greeks died of mumps. Or the Roman Empire was decimated by athlete's foot.