And.. so the wheel turns

Food for Thought

written by Barry John Havenga on Tuesday, 12 July 2011 at 08:17

*In 1887 Alexander Tyler, a Scottish history professor at the University of Edinburgh, had this to say about the fall of the Athenian Republic some 2,000 years prior:

“A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse over loose fiscal policy, (which is) always followed by a dictatorship.”

“The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations from the beginning of history, has been about 200 years. During those 200 years, these nations always progressed through the following sequence:

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.”

It doesn’t hurt to read this several times!!!

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6 Responses to “And.. so the wheel turns”
  1. This is interesting… not sure how I feel about it though. You are right– it does require several reads!

  2. I’ve read this – education is knowledge. I think only we can change the future. I often worry/wonder if we’re in the apathy stage right now 😦

  3. Carla Royal says:

    Very interesting, Debra. I think there is some truth to these words. But I wonder if there is more of an evolution of sorts. We outgrow the structure that once worked. That’s all well and even good if we can recognize that we’ve outgrown it and move to a more expansive structure. We tend not to do that easily, rather we cling to the old…like the old wine skin.

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