The Cycle of National Bondage

A few years ago, I met a former Prime Minister of the eastern European country of Estonia. Eighteen years ago, at the age of 32, Mart Laar set Estonia on the transforming course from being a socialist state in the Soviet bloc to its current status as one of the freest economies in the world.

He told me his greatest challenge was,

"people were afraid to make decisions for themselves; they thought they had to let the government think for them."

It reminds me of an observation attributed to a Scottish historian who lived around the time of our nation’s founding. As you listen, consider where our country is in this cycle. He said the world’s greatest civilizations have followed this path: from bondage to spiritual faith; then to great courage; then to liberty; to abundance; selfishness; complacency; apathy; to dependence; and from dependence back again to bondage.

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