Here we are at the end of August, summer is winding down. Most children are back in school and the few remaining will be soon. Labor Day is just around the corner. As the summer season is winding down the political season is winding up. This political season has been the worst I have witnessed in five decades, not the politicians the voters. Many a time I have seen worse politicians than these two running for office, but the voters – no I have not seen this before. The voters this cycle will ignore any criminal or corrupt action by their own candidate, while attacking wrongs, real and imagined (mostly imaged) of the opponent. They take every statement of the opponent, add their own rewrites, and then attack the statement. I look at what our country was, is, and no doubt will become, and I am angry, down, and scared for my daughter.
This morning though I had my hopes buoyed by a tree, yes a tree. Here in my “Eagles Nest” the temperatures are still in the 80s and 90s in the afternoons, but the early mornings are cool. Cool enough that the tree outside my window already has its first brown leaves of the season. You see despite all the less than ethical voters this year, despite the “win at any cost” attitude. Life moves on, the cycle continues. The trees once full of green leaves have now begun to turn to brown. In a few months the trees will be bare, and then in the spring they will bud once again. The cycle continues.
It reminded me of the Tytler Cycle. A theory attributed (incorrectly) to an eighteenth Scottish professor, judge, writer, and historian. The Tytler Cycle states that all nations, empires, and civilizations go through a specific cycle. That cycle is: bondage to spiritual faith to courage to liberty to abundance to selfishness to complacency to apathy to dependence to bondage.
The first time I saw the theory was some three decades ago. And of course I had to test it. So I began looking at all the nations and empires of history I could research. What I found was consistent across the board. The only difference I could see was the speed at which the different countries went through the various stages of the cycle. Egyptian, Greek, Roman, ancient and modern alike each went through those cycles.
So now when I encounter another voter who is willing to accept any candidate (no matter how unethical, corrupt, and criminal) just as long as “their side” wins, I just smile – because “this too shall pass” eventually.