|Thus passes the glory of the world....|
Cases in point:
1. Holmes, a great jurist, is now just a face on a postage stamp. Soon, he will likely be forgotten too.
2. Europe was, and still is, a living and continuing experiment of the maxim "diversity without division and unity without uniformity". Three years ago, we thought Greece would be the first to go, and maybe a handful of weaker systems in the union. We thought wrong. How would U.K.'s departure play out? The world is certainly more uncertain. Loki would be very happy. So would Russia and China.
3. The Roman Catholic Church suffered and survived many collapses, schisms and coups in its very long history. In what manner or form it will exist and thrive in the 21st century, who knows?
4. Japanese companies that once ruled the electronics industry. Nowadays, they make headlines for their problems rather than their products. Vanity, vanity, all is vanity. (Added May 11, 2017)