"Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm."
Winston ChurchillHere is a man I admire greatly. He really did "walk his talk." I believe greatness exists within each person but is often hidden or not tested. For Mr. Churchill, he was tested on the world stage with his country's future hanging in the balance. I bow to such greatness.
the teacher is always quiet during the test."
This quote speaks to me personally. I have felt exactly this emotion in caring for my mom. I still feel it now at times, but the real test was the last few years of my mom living with me. I hope God was paying attention then and recognizes that I did the very best I could during the hardest test of my life.
This last quote is a bit long and there is some controversy as to its source. But regardless of its authorship, it is worth a read.
"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 due to 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."
Alexander Fraser Tytler,
Scottish Born British Lawyer and Writer 1747-1813
Ok - if that last quote/thought/reference (whatever) doesn't scare you a little bit, then you haven't been paying attention to what is happening in our own "great civilization."