1. Buddhist hold the belief that all things of the physical world are impermanent. which is quite true. Material possessions decay and crack and fight to hold their form, but inevitably succumb to the process of change. Even the greatest statues and strongest buildings are carved down over years by the elements. While we hold on to so many material items, we tend to see past the fact that they'll be gone one day. The idea that the spirit lives on indefinite is a much more rewarding following in it's ideal.
2. I'd say it's close to a combination of evolution and circulation. like a wave moving upward on a graph. It's true that great empires and civilizations grow to dizzying heights before they crash down, only for new ones to sprout later on. But each civilization has grown in some way, slowly it's evolved and grown into something unfathomable to the generation before it. Perhaps the final stage of decay has yet to come, but there isn't as much evidence of that yet, I'd say.
3.As for morality and the pursuit of good, well, it has it's place, but it's always somewhere different these days. Morality is more a practice than anything. It's following the principles of what you've deemed wholesome and in good keeping of the world around you. It can be as simple as 'do onto others as they would do onto you', or you could be somewhere a step above attempting to be more than is expected of you. We have the potential to be greater than we are, and better people than we are. If we were all to be great people, however, living up the highest expectation of what is right, we'd only be working for others and never ourselves. Now that does sound selfish, I admit, but what are you if not for your self? you're a slave to the world perhaps? a tool for others whether they wish it or not? If you're to pass a piece of your soul onto everyone you encounter, would there be enough to go around and still keep you afloat? What good can you do if you yourself need help. We have our limitations, and while it is generous to give a portion of yourself to those around you, is it damaging to give too much? Your liberty is something very fragile with little room to bend.
Analog's underwear are digital. right now they're set to inverse 1 (I think that means they're on my head).