From Liberty To Dependence|
January 15, 2013
The average age of the world's greatest civilizations from the beginning of history,
has been about 200 years. During those 200 years, those nations always progressed
through eight stages.
Is America now at the point of repeating history by progressing from dependence
back into bondage? You decide.
Stage 1: From Bondage To Spiritual Faith
The principles underlying the eventual emergence of American civilization were forged
as thousands of Europeans fled to the New World to escape the tyranny of religious
persecution. Motivated by the idea that kings and other nobility were not the ultimate
authority over man, these New World immigrants stripped themselves of bondage.
Stage 2: From Spiritual Faith To Great Courage
The same spiritual faith that freed the New World immigrants from bondage also enabled
them to display great courage in the face of overwhelming odds. A vast, unexplored
continent lay before them. Unimaginable courage was needed to tame this wild land,
for them and for future generations to come.
Stage 3: From Courage To Liberty
The same courage that compelled millions to risk the unknown as they reached farther
and farther into the western frontier was also the same courage that enabled them
to free themselves from British tyranny from across the Atlantic. Liberty was won,
not by the asking, but through the sacrifice of lives and treasure. Liberty was
now a product of laws, not the product of the whimsical actions of capricious rulers.
America had its liberty. Would America be a good steward of this precious gift?
Stage 4: From Liberty To Abundance
Never before seen liberty leads America to fantastic riches: riches of material
goods as well as riches of the spirit. The world feels the effects of America’s
abundance as human evil is confronted and human suffering is lessened. Millions
benefit from the generosity that comes from America’s abundance of resources.
(Thank-you, capitalism) America
does what no other nation in the history of man has ever done: harness its riches
in the name of good. Because of America’s abundance man’s existence becomes one
Stage 5: From Abundance To Complacency
America’s abundance leads to a world of plenty, but at a cost. When man has plenty
he is able to avoid discomfort. When there is no discomfort man accomplishes very
little. When there is no discomfort man does not look outward. When there is no
discomfort man ceases to look for something higher. Lack of discomfort leads to
complacency. Complacency emerges to test man’s will.
Stage 6: From Complacency To Apathy
Complacency causes man to ignore the principles that made it possible for him to
have complacency in the first place. No longer aware of the long chain of events
that allowed him the luxury of complacency man begins to believe that his improved
condition is simply the way things have always been. He cares not in trying to protect
his improved condition because he sees no need to. Apathy is a very comfortable
place for man.
Stage 7: From Apathy To Dependence
Apathy is a very comfortable place for man. But it soon becomes evident that in
order to perpetuate this world of comfort man must relinquish to others what has
for so long been his. Man relinquishes to others believing that what he relinquishes
will purchase him happiness, freedom from want, and above all, his world of comfort.
He detects not a bit of malice from those to which he relinquishes that which has
for so long been his.
Stage 8: From Dependence Back Into Bondage
Because he did not believe other men would do malice with what he relinquished, man
finds himself in bondage, in slavery. For, what is relinquished can never be retrieved.
Man now looks back on what he once had and yearns that his world had not become
one of comfort.
Ike Morgan is a math and science teacher.
He lives in Exeter, Maine