By Rebecca Hagelin - - Tuesday, October 28, 2014 - - ANALYSIS/OPINION

The challenge: The road to bondage

Apathy toward indecent, uncivil and immoral behavior has been the undoing of many a nation throughout history. Nations that replace a relationship with God with secular idols are quickly filled with individuals apathetic about how they treat others, and ultimately become countries marred by selfishness and greed.

As Rome proved centuries ago, a nation of selfish, greedy, immoral individuals cannot stand. History shows that no enemy was able to defeat ancient Rome; Rome fell from within when it became morally bankrupt. Common decency, civility and morality are intertwined, and the future of our society depends on them.

Consider the words of Alexander Tyler, an 18th century historian and economist who wrote the following in his central work, “The Cycle of Democracy,” in 1778:

“The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations has been two hundred 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 complacency,

“From complacency to apathy,

“From apathy to dependence,

“From dependence back into bondage.”

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