“None know how often the hand of God is seen in a wilderness but them that rove it for a man’s life. “
Thomas Cole painted The Savage State as part of a series of paintings he titled The Course of Empire. It is the first in the aforementioned that depicts the amalgamation of societies from the feral man to the provincial man eventually evolving, through each painting, and representing, the rise and fall of an empire, leaving the 5th painting “Desolation”, its end result. Although imaginary, it is still said that what comes up, must come down. It happened to Rome, but will it happen to us?