I totally agree with you, but you can say this because you discriminate this world with some other world and you have the idea of the cycle. For the people who does not see the world as a cycle and constant degradation, in the course of history everything is possible. Sometimes we can go up and sometimes down. Indeed there are ups and downs in history like a cover of the constant degradation.Imo, the only renaissance that is going to occur at this late stage of the drama, is one that God is leading Himself. It's not going to happen through corruption, fear and ignorance. Until someone truly finds God, degradation will continue.
It is said that Maya will fulfill all our needs. Maybe she is still to play her role to extremes till the end comes and it may be in a very attractive form. I mean the world may start to look like very OK, so that we may even forget about destruction. In sorrow we would like to be liberated, then we remember God, but if there will be starvation and thirst, it may mean we will get so engaged in the remembrance of the worldly matters that we forget the food of remebrance and the water of knowledge. And for this the world should become such so that to offer its full illusion and seduce us.