America's position in the world exceeds all other countries in terms of industrial development, technological advancement, prosperity, and military strength. In fact, America's leaders, echoed by their patriotic followers, proclaim to the world that the United States is the best country in the world to live. Political and media pundits brag on the opportunities America hands to the immigrant, fulfilling dreams of success not reachable in "poorer" more "underdeveloped" countries.
If not careful, a person - without possession of his or her own mind - would believe that this proclamation is true, that America is the best country in the world to live. Those facts indeed are true, however, where it pertains to industrial development, technological advancement, and prosperity. But what about values and principles?
In history, every country has followed a similar pattern and gone through a cycle of growth and decline. The concept of the "stages of a nation" was first recorded by Professor Alexander Tyler who wrote about the fall of the Athenian republic over two thousand years before the time the thirteen colonies were still a part of England. The concept is such:
"The average age of the world's great civilizations has been two hundred 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 to bondage."
Where is America in this cycle of growth and decline? If analyzed accordingly, one could place the current state of America somewhere between abundance and apathy. Its spiritual faith era is obviously over, which would have hit its high point around the time of the Puritans. This spiritual faith brought courage to the New World dwellers and they found strength to challenge their oppressor.
However, the liberty era has also come and gone. America's greatest point of liberty came during the Revolution against England and its liberation from the Motherland. America flourished during the abundant years [profiting off the labors of others] and were financially able to emerge a world super power, militarily. Afterward, America was the land of opportunity during the postwar years and this is when people flocked here to escape conquered leaders and dictators.
Thus, from abundance to selfishness, when political agendas began to partition the country legally according to interest group and race. The ruling authorities made sure the deserving got theirs thus creating a second-class structure, and a third-class structure, and so on, engraving in stone the epitome of selfishness.
Satisfied with the way the social structure was arranged, American leaders and gatekeepers became complacent. "This will be America." When the slighted began to be aware of their rights and were more educated toward what Democracy really, supposedly means, the ruling class tightened their words and actions with an apathetic overtone. Now, if you complain about anything you feel is wrong you are stigmatized as anti-American and or non-patriotic.
This brings us to dependency. How can a country become dependant, and on who or what? America will not become dependant on others or any one thing, but will be dependant on by many others, even around the world. What more testifies to this fact than America's presence around the world as police.
Once a country spreads itself too thin this leaves no room for domestic development, which further leads to chaos and up rise within the land. As far as values and principles are concerned, when America looks into the mirror it sees a leader, a rich and powerful leader. When the world looks at America, it sees either an international social worker or an enemy of all that is good and decent.
Bondage comes before and after the run of the historical cycle. Because of America's inhumane beginning based on slaves, tobacco, rum, and thievery, it was in bondage to itself by the power of evil. And once passed through the cycle of growth and decline, it will fall by the consequences of that evil.
Source from: http://www.mcsm.org/democracy1.html
© Sep. 2017 by C.R. Hamilton
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