Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Where are we on the list?

The happenings of the last 36 hours reminded me of an old quote that is often attributed to an 18th century Scottish lawyer named Alexander Tytler, but it is unknown if he really said it.

Nevertheless, any diligent examination of various countries and civilizations that have existed throughout history will show that they have risen and fallen in a similar pattern that shows the truth of that which is often attributed to Tytler. According to the quote, the pattern of the life of a successful country or civilization is as follows:

* From bondage to spiritual faith;
* From spiritual faith to great courage;
* From courage to liberty;
* From liberty to abundance;
* From abundance to complacency;
* From complacency to apathy;
* From apathy to dependence;
* From dependence back into bondage.

So where do we fall on the list? It is tempting to say we are between apathy and dependence, but the fact that a majority of Americans actually opposed Obamacare - as Congress and Obama were shoving it up our nether regions - made me optimistic enough to go with complacency to apathy. Either way, we are not in good shape regarding the future of this country. I think a reset button that brings us back to "courage to liberty" is in order.

Thoughts, anyone?

Good Day to You, Sir

1 comment:

Darren said...

I'd rather be between liberty and abundance, myself :-)