Member Rara Avis
The fall of an empire, whether it be Aztec, Mayan, or American, is of little consequence and, of itself, neither good nor bad. Yes, the Aztec civilization practiced human sacrifice. So, too, did Maya, to a lesser extent, though that culture had much more of it that was good. And America? Did the Aztecs burn witches at the stake, I wonder? Or slaughter whole peoples because their skin wasn't white? There has been death and killing, and not all of it was justifiable. Is any civilization truly innocent?
Yet, when was the last time YOU killed someone? Has your son or daughter taken a life yet? Do you think all those Aztec or Mayan families had the blood of human sacrifice still wet on their hands?
What the Europeans did to a few Mesoamerican empires matters little. They rise and they fall, they consume or are consumed, becoming little more than stereotypical summaries in the history books. We call this one good, this one bad, forgetting that every civilization was really comprised of people just like you and me, separated only by a given span of technology. Fathers, mothers, children, mixed in with a handful of priests and rulers who defined the culture we would later judge and find wanting.
Destroying empires is no big deal. But whether it's yesterday, today or tomorrow, killing people is NEVER a good thing. 'Cause justifications aren't all that hard to find, and you or I just may be next.