…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger
Old Indians, or rather people living in what is now called India, gave some thought to the development of the human race; and put it all in writing. According to Vedic literature, [Vedas] we are now in Kali yuga (age), which commenced about 5000 years ago. Shrimad Bhagavatam (1.1.10) : “O learned one, in this iron age of Kali men have but short lives. They are quarrelsome, lazy, misguided, unlucky and, above all, always disturbed.”
Sounds about right, and men do live shorter lives than women. A misogynist would suggest that a proper translation ought to read – … men have but short lives for their women are quarrelsome, lazy, misguided, unlucky and, above all, always disturbed. I would not know, but I know that Kali is a woman.
Shrimad Bhagavatam (12.2.1 22) is more specific: “Then, O King, religion, truthfulness, cleanliness, tolerance, mercy, duration of life, physical strength and memory will all diminish day by day because of the powerful influence of the age of Kali. In Kali Yuga, wealth alone will be considered the sign of a man’s good birth, proper behaviour and fine qualities. And law and justice will be applied only on the basis of one’s power. Men and women will live together merely because of superficial attraction, and success in business will depend on deceit. Womanliness and manliness will be judged according to one’s expertise in sex… And any one who is very clever at juggling words will be considered a learned scholar. A person will be judged unholy if he does not have money, and hypocrisy will be accepted as virtue. Filling the belly will become the goal of life, and one who is audacious will be accepted as truthful. As the earth thus becomes crowded with a corrupt population, whoever among any of the social classes shows himself to be the strongest will gain political power.”