Let me summarize:
The Cycle Of A Nations
1. The age of pioneer.....vision, passion, simplicity, self rule
2. The age of conquests.....expansion, development, growth
3. The age of commerce.......wealth and influence
4. The age of affluence.....leisure and pleasure
5. The age of intellect.....self reliance and arrogance
6. The age of decadence.....Tolerance and acceptance
7. The age of decline and collapse......greater amount of government rule and law
This is the observation of a sociologist, yet it is true. It parallels how human nature works, and even God told Israel that once they became prosperous, not to forget Him.
11“Take care lest you forget the LORD your God by not keeping his commandments and his rules and his statutes, which I command you today, 12 lest, when you have eaten and are full and have built good houses and live in them, 13and when your herds and flocks multiply and your silver and gold is multiplied and all that you have is multiplied, 14 then your heart be lifted up, and you forget the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery,
Can't get any more specific than that!
Prosperity does take away the reliance on God, and the more educated, and self reliant we become, we feel we don't need God anymore. I have watched the arrogance of the educated, always thinking they have the answers to the dilemma's we face. Yet with all the education, and affluence we have in America, we haven't fixed what is wrong with us. Look at the public school system, totally in shambles, and you would think the educated would at least be more effective in fixing the one thing they believe in, the education of our kids. We have one of the highest standards of living in the world, yet we have more food shelves, and food stamps being used than ever in the history of this republic. So, what's the problem? We have affluence and intellect, yet we can't get our heads out of the sand of our selfish pursuits to save our souls. Why? Because we have forgotten God and His commandments in our lives. We don't pay attention to the eternal, it's all about getting mine now, look at me, look how important I appear, and it's all about the selfie generation today. However, at the end of the day, we are not happier, nor are we more satisfied, and we are no closer to the stage of fulfillment than before we got all famous, and wealthy.
These cycles eventually set a people up to allow a ruling class of government the right to control everything from childcare to education, to health care, to the censorship of the freedom of speech to the ability to own property. Look at how much the government controls our lives now, and every year there are more laws passed to control even more sectors of our lives. Why? Because the government is convinced the majority of Americans are too stupid to govern themselves, they need governance for every aspect of their lives. Well, I hate to admit it, but there is some truth to that, even though I hate government intervention into our private lives. The social service agencies across the land are overwhelmed by the amount of abandonment of children by their parents. School teachers will tell you how many kids come to school hungry, tired, and unprepared for a day of learning. They are so poor they have to be provided backpacks, school supplies, the very necessities of student life. I don't blame the students, they are just the victims of a system in decline. God has turned us over to the pursuits of our hearts, and we are falling into place with all the civilizations that have gone before us, whose society declined because they abandoned God.
Keep that in mind the next time you watch all the terrible things happening in the news. We have wars, turbulence in the weather, pestilences, and hatred everywhere, it's all in what we have created through our affluent and intelligent culture.
Keeping it honest and truthful...K