24 November 2014

The Civilisation Cycle


The following (identified by Alexander Fraser Tyler) is the cycle for the rise and fall of civilisations:

“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 dependence; 
and from dependence back again to bondage.”

Alexander Fraser Tyler
The Decline and Fall of the Athenian Empire