Cycle of Nations

History teaches a natural progress of civilizations thus:

From bondage to spiritual faith,

From faith to great courage,

From courage to liberty,

From liberty to abundance,

From abundance to complacency,

From complacency to selfishness,

From selfishness to apathy,

From apathy to dependency,

From dependency to bondage.

Patrick Fraser Tyler (1791-1849) Lord Woodhouselee,  Scotland