Thought for the Month

From bondage to spiritual faith.
From spiritual faith to great courage.
From great 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 into bondage.

--- a 200-year cycle that all "the world's great civilizations" go through, according to an article quoted in Ann Landers' newspaper column, appearing Friday, August 21st, 1998 in The Oregonian. The author of the article is given as unknown.