During the Middle Ages Asia had become home to some of the most advanced civilizations on Earth. These civilizations flourished while much of Western Europe was swallowed up in chaos, war, and poverty. As Europe declined, Asia excelled.
If a man happens to find himself, he has a mansion which he can inhabit with dignity all the days of his life.
James A. Michener
On July 4, 1776, King George III of England noted in his diary: "Nothing of importance happened today."