Updated: Oct 2, 2019
by Mr. Ted Metz
When I was young and free my imagination had no limits, I dreamed of changing the world. As I grew older and wiser, I discovered the world would not change, so I shortened my sights somewhat and decided to change only my country. But it, too, seemed immovable. As I grew in my twilight years, in one last desperate attempt, I settled for changing only my family, those closest to me, but alas, they would have none of it. And now as I lie on my deathbed, I suddenly realized: If I had only changed my self first, then by example I would have changed my family. From their inspiration and encouragement, I would then have been able to better my country and, who knows, I may have even changed my world. ~ Westminster Abbey inscription on a tomb of an unnamed Bishop, AD 1100
I really plead with you to stop now, before reading on, and re-read that quotation because it is the most profound truth ever written about the journey that defines the nature of man.
Please keep the quotation in mind, because all of what I am about to say is in evidence of the Bishop’s conclusion.
This part is important. There are a number of talking points to be taken from this set of historically verifiable facts about the fluctuating state of societies under different scenarios that you also need to keep in mind as a reference as I explain how it all matters in the conclusion of this meandering missive. I am repeating many of them so that you understand the breadth and scope of what people whom never seek any knowledge of history (outside of the Dept. of Education mandated misinformation indoctrination centers, a.k.a. Public Schools), or are incapable or unwilling to employ critical thinking skills (discernment), or fail to consider, or simply dismiss due to ego, arrogance or ignorance. Therefore, a brief recap of history is necessary to fully understand where mankind has been and where mankind has gone as a consequence of character of the individuals in the society.
Since the Tower of Babel fell, societies and empires have risen and fallen. In each case, as attributed to each of these authors, Alex Fraser Tytler, Benjamin Disraeli and Henning Prentis, the cycle of mankind proceeds as follows:
• From bondage to Spiritual Truth (Great Awakening)
• From Spiritual Truth to Great Courage (Worthy Cause)
• From Great Courage to Liberty and Abundance (The Greater the Liberty, the Greater the Abundance)
• From Liberty and Abundance to Selfishness (Plunder of Resources, the Me Generation)
• From Selfishness to Complacence (Loss of Integrity and Self Sufficiency)
• From Complacence to Apathy (Indifference to Corruption, Loss of Character)
• From Apathy to Dependence (Bread and Circuses)
• From Dependence to Bondage (Despair, Tyranny and Oppression)
*Bondage means societal/economic collapse into Tyranny, Oppression and Despair
Every civilization is destined to go through this cycle, from Sumeria, to Egypt, to Greece, to Rome, to Russia, China, Germany, Korea, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan and then Egypt and Syria next, all societies collapse and rebuild or are rebuilt. Testaments in history exist exemplifying that the slippery slope into the bondage phase can be hastened by external factors such as war, invasion, oppression, social engineering and genocide, any of which may include willful intent in the hearts of the perpetrators.
Since the dawn of man, groups of shepherds and farmers gathered in a favorable geographic area and developed a social contract, a codex of mutually agreed upon principals, thus establishing order. Order is comprised of conduct (morals), culture (ethics) and trade (economics). Eventually the institutionalization of such codification evolves to a level at which individuals grant the responsibilities for order to others, whether by free will, laziness, trickery or force. As societies and institutions rise and fall over time through the cycle, the Five Laws of Decline are always involved, however enumeration and examples of the Five Laws of Decline is reserved for future missives.
Although the Roman Empire started with a population in the Spiritual Awakening phase, the remainder of their history syncs well with Disraeli’s stages. In the beginning (c. 750 BC), Rome was ruled by monarchs that were also the Spiritual Leaders. After roughly 200 years, the Great Courage phase gave rise to a new order through strength in unity wherein the people established limits and restrictions on the power of the monarchs ensuring Liberty and ushering in great Abundance.
As in all cultures in the Liberty and Abundance phase, society thrived with advancements in conduct, culture and trade. Education and personal achievement were revered and citizens strived to develop Character. Specialization of labor, technology, art, architecture, and engineering flourished with the common goal of benefiting all citizens. Life was good, the people and the Government of the Republic were benevolent. This lasted about 200 years and gradually civilization phase-shifted into Selfishness. As in most geographic regions with growing populations and finite local nonrenewable resources, the Romans were presented the dilemma of reducing their Abundance standard of living to live within their means or to organize excursions to other regions to for resources to maintain the Abundance.
The people stopped participating in maintaining the Republic, electing others to do that job for them, and the transition into Apathy began. Corruption in Government was increasingly ignored.
Selfishness won out and the Roman Legions struck out to all corners of the known world in search of resources. The shift from Selfishness to Complacence was rapid, for as long as the resources were flowing and the people were prosperous, citizens failed to maintain their reverence for education, achievement and development of Character and society became ever more coarsened. The people stopped participating in maintaining the Republic, electing others to do that job for them, and the transition into Apathy began. Corruption in Government was increasingly ignored. Meanwhile, even though benevolent at first in intent by spreading technology and infrastructure far and wide with fair dealings in other nations, the slide into pillage and plunder by the Roman Armies took only a few decades to escalate and was largely ignored by the citizens at home in Rome. Roman rule established in the Empire became increasingly tyrannical to the subjects of Roman Rule, unbearable taxes, confiscation of property, slavery and other atrocities brought down many peaceful civilizations in the known world and the plunder was sent back to Rome.
This system kept Roman Citizens Complacent for enough generations to grow Apathy to such an extreme that Roman Citizens forgot the role of Character in maintaining a Republic. With Apathy in full force, and the plunder so successful, the Roman Government was able to supply all citizens with unlimited wheat, and provided them with public theatre and Gladiatorial Spectaculars. This continued for a generation by which time the Government had debased their currency to a point of having little to no value in conjunction with having Legions spread throughout the known world and then, within a few years, the Roman Emperors had depleted the treasury, could no long pay the Army and the entire system collapsed and Rome was invaded by tyrannical and oppressive War lords.
The ramifications of the Fall of Rome threw the known world into the Dark Ages and the people into despair or into bondage beholden to the Land Lords to eek out an existence without education or spiritual enlightenment lasting into the Renaissance.
The pivotal moment in society is always the loss of respect for Character.
Romans went from Spiritual Awakening to the Great Courage, to Liberty and Abundance (educated, prosperous, self-sufficient, entrepreneurial, virtuous, benevolent citizens striving to improve Character) to Selfish, to Complacent, to Apathetic, to Dependent, to Bondage. The pivotal moment in society is always the loss of respect for Character. After that point, education was no longer a virtue, self-sufficiency began to decline and the fall ensued despite having a population of highly technically proficient artisans and craftsmen. To reiterate, Rome fell because the citizens lost their reverence for education, personal achievement and development of Character.