“Great nations rise and fall. The people go from bondage to spiritual truth, 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 dependence; from dependence back again to bondage.” Author unknown
Our great nation is in a stage of complacency racing toward apathy and dependence. We have a choice – it’s called involvement. We can choose to follow one of two paths in life. One path leads to action and is filled with reason that leads to the light of knowledge. The other path leads to inaction and is filled with doubt and uncertainly that leads to darkness and despair. Only you can make the choice which path you travel.
It was individual freedom and liberty that gave every American the right and the motivation to create the most productive, prosperous and abundant nation ever known to man. America is not only the most productive and abundant nation on earth, it is also the most generous nation on earth. For more than two centuries, Americans have not only been willing to share their wealth with many less fortunate societies around the globe, but also our technologies, the very philosophies that made us abundant, and even our blood, so that other peoples all over the world could share in freedom, independence and prosperity.
Extended periods of peace and prosperity have resulted in American complacency and today, generations who no longer understand the foundations of our abundance, what it took to achieve it and what it takes to conserve or preserve it for future generations, are on the verge of losing it all.
Apathy destroys the power of action and complacency destroys the action to empower. Both tarnish the light of freedom; dime the flame of justice; and shroud the face of decency. History is full of examples of the outcome from apathetic societies, and intolerance, complacent individuals.
Albert Einstein wrote, “The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.”
“Laws can embody standards; governments can enforce laws, but the final task is not a task for government. It is a task for each and every one of us. Every time we turn our heads the other way when we see the law flouted, when we tolerate what we know to be wrong, when we close our eyes and ears to the corrupt because we are too busy, or too frightened; when we fail to speak up and speak out; we strike a blow against freedom and decency and justice.” Robert F. Kennedy
Source: From Apathy back into Bondage by J.B. Williams, Canada Free Press