In this year’s State of the Union, our fine president described America as “built to last” no fewer than five times. That’s a lovely sentiment, but like almost every word out of Obama’s mouth it was complete and utter bullshit.
It’s normal to think that the world will never change, and that our country was built for the ages. The founders certainly thought so, and it’s been the constant expectation ever since. Up until recently I couldn’t have imagined our country going the way of the USSR or its client states, but that’s pretty much where we’re headed — and for the same reason.
History has shown us again and again that civilizations, empires, dynasties rise and fall with remarkable regularity. They generally last 200-400 years, and then there’s a massive change that shakes up the etch-a-sketch and remakes society. There’s nothing special about the USA that makes us immune to change. And again, with the economic buffoonery we’re seeing these days, our slide into the mud has already started.
The question in my mind is what form will this change take? Some think it will end in revolution. Others think we’ll see massive inflation followed by economic collapse. Cheerier folks expect real armageddon – blowing ourselves up, or dissolving the world into gray goo. Me, I’m not so sure how it’ll happen, but I imagine something big will happen within 50 years. Hopefully I won’t be around to see it.
“The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations 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 apathy;
from apathy to dependence;
from dependency back again into bondage.”