I have rec'd this from a friend and thot it was worth forwarding:
Also it falls into our time periods .........
This is a quote from a lecture by Sir Alex Fraser Tytler (1714-1813),
the noted Scots jurist and historian, and Professor of Universal History
at Edinburgh University in the late 18th Century:
"A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government.
It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves
largess from the public treasury. From that time on, the majority always
votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship.
The average duration of the world's great civilzations has been
200 years. These nations have progressed through this 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 again to bondage."
Also be aware that
There is a very fine line between "hobby" and "mental illness."
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