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Apathy leads to Moral Decline and the fall of nations

06 February 2013, 12:03

It is becoming ever apparent to me that we as a nation are becoming apathetic in the face of growing problems in South Africa. Few want to speak out or make a positive change in this nation. 

 I have sensed an urgency for some years now for this nation and I have made every effort to try and rouse 'slumbering' citizen's to stand up and pay attention, but not only this, to be pro-active in holding our leaders accountable for their actions, and for those of faith to pray earnestly. We know it is not just South Africa that is spiraling into moral decline, but many other western nations have felt the consequences of apathy and too much reliance upon their leaders to do the 'thinking' and 'decision' making on their behalf, without ever challenging their personal agendas or intentions.

 Apathy is truly the root of this social demise; as lack of concern or even an interest to change things, leads us down this dark and destructive path. To make it worse, the few who do have the courage to speak out are becoming few and far between a mass and majority, who simply do not have the energy or time to concern themselves.

 Just one of the dire problems we face, never mind the political turmoil, is the hard hitting truth that South Africa is running out of power at a rapid rate. We simply did not plan ahead sufficiently for the growth and need of this current population and infrastructure. We did not, even thought warned years ago, take the necessary steps to build more power plants and sub-stations. We left it for another day hoping that it would still be in time to save us from power outages and shortages. The word for this kind of procrastination; ‘apathy’, i.e., “Let tomorrow take care of itself”.

We now sit in the face of an ever looming dilemma of having to find alternative forms of power or fuel to cook with or for heat, and who knows how we will then keep our appliances and gadgets working. We most likely will not even have this alternative power source and will have to resort to just doing without power all together, as fuel for fires, or gas stoves, or generators are fossil fuels and those too are in desperate shortage in Africa. I wonder then how it will feel to live in a world without computers, cell phones, fridges, televisions, washing machines, heaters etc.

I then come back to the root cause of this whole dilemma; ‘apathy’ and wonder how and when this set in. Online research revealed in fact it is said to the key factor for the social and economic decline of nations throughout the ages of time and history on this earth. It is the forerunner of war and the often the fuel that lights the fires that spark revolution.

In the words of Thomas Jefferson, it is so aptly explained: “God forbid we should ever be twenty years without such a rebellion. The people cannot be all, and always, well informed. The part which is wrong will be discontented, in proportion to the importance of the facts they misconceive. If they remain quiet under such misconceptions, it is lethargy, the forerunner of death to the public liberty. And what country can preserve its liberties, if it’s rulers are not warned from time to time, that this people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to the facts, pardon and pacify them. What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time, with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure.” - Thomas Jefferson in reference to the 1st American Revolution

Matt Jabs from the website: ‘Debt Free Adventure’ then goes on to list the 10 stages of morality to moral decline in society:

Here are the typical stages of society as history teaches:

1. From bondage to spiritual faith2. From spiritual faith to great courage3. From great courage to liberty4. From liberty to abundance5. From abundance to selfishness6. From selfishness to complacency7. From complacency to apathy8. From apathy to moral decay9. From moral decay to dependence10. From dependence to bondage

He goes on to ask the question to his fellow nationals of America, “Where do you see our nation? I see our nation as having just surpassed the crest of number five and heading downward into steps 6 – 10. I believe we are currently immersed in step 6, 7, 8, and 9.”

 I see this being the same right here in South Africa, if not even further progressed. I believe our nation is now in bondage to government. A harsh statement yes, but it is obvious that this nation is becoming increasingly bound by the rules and legislation passed by our government and have little if any interest in speaking out against any such legislature they happen not to agree with, or goes against your moral interests. 

 Complacency is rife and often it is spurred on by a defeatist attitude, as government seems to wield total control over all public opinion or right to have a say in the forming and implementing of our local legislation. Fear too is a major contributor once bondage has set in and it takes resolute strength and bravery to go against such a massive tide of oppression.

 “Empires Also Die”

 This was the heading for one of the essays I found online on this subject. A very well articulated piece on this very matter discussed above. The author delves into the history of prominent nations of different eras of our sociological development and the nations in power at key points in the history hereof. The author starts his article with this very interesting theory, “In the early 1930s, Ralph Nelson Elliott developed a system to interpret action in the stock market in terms of recurring price structures. The idea was that by figuring out where you are today with respect to repeating price patterns you can predict where you will be tomorrow, or one or two decades down the road. 

The Elliott Wave theory suggested a human behaviour corollary, and some philosophers and historians believe that, in the "natural order of things", empires have their own life cycles. They wax strong in youthful exuberance and attain a vibrant maturity, only to wane in their hubris and excesses, and then die in an over extension of resources and a loss of moral values. It was this kind of thinking that led Will and Ariel Durant to come up with their observation: "Civilizations are born stoic and die epicurean."

According to this paradigm, the average age of the great civilizations is thought to be around two hundred years……….. But even if you don't subscribe to the pattern theory, the causal factors that account for the rise and fall of empires are recorded in history and cannot be easily dismissed.”

 He then explains these as follows: “At least one historian has chronicled them as 'descriptive stages' in the life of an empire: the first stage moves from bondage to self-determination and confidence; the second from confidence to great courage; the third from courage to liberty; the fourth from liberty to abundance; the fifth from abundance to selfishness; the sixth from selfishness to complacency; the seventh from complacency to apathy; the eighth from apathy to moral decay; the ninth from moral decay to dependence; and the tenth and last stage moves from dependence to bondage. We have reduced these descriptive stages to five causal factors, and they can be seen to overlap:

 • Hubristic arrogance applied to resolving problems• Unregulated immigration and dilution of the culture• Misplaced altruism that sustains a lower quality population• Loss of respect for societal values and traditions• Loss of economic discipline and over extension of resources

 The problem, of course, is that we don't really learn from history. George Santayana said that "those who forget the past are condemned to repeat it." The philosopher Hegel said: "What experience and history teach us is this: that people and government never have learned anything from history or acted on principles deduced from it." Or, in the words of Winston Churchill, "The one thing we have learned from history is that we don't learn from history."

And for those of you who think that denial is a form of resistance, you are wrong. Denial is what it is:

Denial, in ordinary English usage, is asserting that a statement or allegation is not true.[1] The same word, and also abnegation, is used for a psychological defense mechanism postulated by Sigmund Freud, in which a person is faced with a fact that is too uncomfortable to accept and rejects it instead, insisting that it is not true despite what may be overwhelming evidence.[2][3] The subject may use:

 simple denial: deny the reality of the unpleasant fact altogether

 minimisation: admit the fact but deny its seriousness (a combination of denial and rationalization)

 projection: admit both the fact and seriousness but deny responsibility by blaming somebody or something else.

While you go about your daily life and ignore the warnings, ignore the symptoms and signs, I warn you that chaos is looming on our horizon and when it breaks lose in this nation, it will be too late for prayers or preparation then.

 The emphasis of this article is to alert and warn as many as we can, as well as to bring the plight of this nation to the attention of the world. But we cannot do it alone. Wake up!! Stand up!! Help us fight the Good Fight for this nation we call home....for tomorrow will be too late.

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