Monday, January 11, 2016

Spaceship Earth

How differently we look at days of the week. Over the Christmas/New Year holidays I had no idea what day it was with all those special days and "eves" falling on Friday. This brings me to Patricia's quote for the week: “There are no passengers on Spaceship Earth.
We are all crew.”
Marshall McLuhan

I'm guessing that the meaning has to do with the fact that everyone has a place and a responsibility to keep the Earth going, allowing none of us to just sit back and enjoy the ride. I recently heard on talk radio about the changes that are happening in Saudi Arabia with the drop in oil prices. Here's an article that addresses a part of the issue: Saudi Arabia is ruled by the House of Saud, and a large percentage of the people work for the government in some form or other. It's a pretty interesting development if you would like to read more. Events in this country could effect other countries as well.

I do take issue with this statement, as it seems that more and more are becoming dependent on social welfare in our country. A friend shared the following with me this week.

In 1887 Alexander Tyler, a Scottish history professor at the University of Edinburgh, had this to say about the fall of the Athenian Republic some 2,000 years prior: "A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse over loose fiscal policy, (which is) always followed by a dictatorship."

"The average age of the world's greatest civilizations from the beginning of history, has been about 200 years.  During those 200 years, these nations always progressed through the following sequence:
From bondage to spiritual faith;
From spiritual faith to great courage;
From courage to liberty;
From liberty to abundance;
From abundance to complacency;
From complacency to apathy;
From apathy to dependence;
From dependence back into bondage."

That's a pretty astounding statement by this Scottish history professor. Those of you who might be history buffs, what do you think? Are we all part of the crew? Or are some just passengers on the Spaceship Earth? I leave you with this.....

Happy Monday. Be sure to see what others have observed from this statement at Patricia's Place.  Thanks for hosting. I've been a little busy with my other life (accounting) lately, so have been a bit preoccupied. I'll be back up to speed soon.

Linda Kay
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