Bernie Anderson
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Current musings, whatever they may be. 

The Cycles and Lines of History and Nations


Civilizations rise out of chaos.

Order reigns.

Order turns to a regimen.

Regimen becomes oppressive.

Oppression graduates to full-blown brutality, injustice, cruelty, despotism, corruption, and tyranny.

Civilization crumbles back to chaos - and it all starts over.

This seems to be the order of society and civilization. Greece, Rome, the Mongols - each being very different, but with similar story arcs.

History is both cyclical and linear. There are patterns and straight lines. There are layered complexities and a beginning, middle, and end.

These days I often wonder where we are, both in the cycle and in the line.

O kings, be wise;
Be warned, O rulers of the earth.
— Psalm 2:10