Sunday, July 24, 2005

From Bondage back to Bondage

You may be familiar with the following quote from Alexander Tyler, 1748 - 1813, "The Fall of the Athenian Republic"

"A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves money from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury, with a result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by dictatorship." The average age of the world's greatest civilizations has been 200 years.


These nations have 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 selfishness;
From selfishness to complacency;
From complacency to apathy;
From apathy to dependency;
From dependency back into bondage."

[Alexander Fraser Tyler (1748 - 1813) The Decline and Fall of the Athenian Republic]

I would submit to you that the American people are in the last line of that quote: that is, somewhere between dependency and bondage. They are also, for the most part, living grossly unreal, almost psychotic lives, something they have been taught to do after more than 3 generations of an accelerated gathering in over-populated cities and mesmerizing, electronic "infotainment".

Even otherwise good, sincere Americans are simply overwhelmed by the massive scope of all that which is presented to them on a daily basis as part of their "reality" -- yet over which they, in fact, have virtually zero control or even effect. Think about it.

Watch any newscast or "news commentary" program, keeping this thought in mind: of all that I am being shown and am listening to being discussed (as if it is something I should be concerned about), how much of it can I have any direct impact upon whatsoever without literally turning my life upside down to do so -- or without placing myself in direct conflict with corporate or gov't powers so vastly superior to myself as to make anything I do or say seem utterly foolish and an entire waste of time. (and this we must change! Just remember an old African saying: "Together the ants devour the elephant." Only we the people of this nation can change this--we are not helpless and we can show those in Washington that simple fact this Sept 24-26 during the mass rally that will take place at that time.--Jack)

Thank you goes to Doris Colmes for sending this to me.--Jack


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