There were a couple insightful comments made by the author, Andy Andrews, that I can't shake. They are in my brain and splintering off in a countless number of directions.
I wanted to share.
Andrews writes: "....there are currently 545 human beings who are directly, legally, morally and individually responsible for every problem America faces: one president, nine Supreme Court justices, 100 senators and 435 members of the House Representatives."
Then he asks this question: "Have you ever noticed that if any one of us lies to them, it is a felony? But if any one of them lies to us, it is considered politics."
The other point that stuck with me was his breakdown of the world's greatest civilizations, which average around 200 years.
Andrews writes: "Why do these civilizations all seem to follow the same identifiable sequence – from bondage to spiritual faith, from spiritual faith to courage, from courage to liberty, from liberty to abundance, from abundance to complacency, from complacency to apathy, from apathy to dependence, and finally from dependence back into bondage."
His questions: "What is our nation's course? Do you believe that one can determine a probable destination by examining the direction in which one is traveling? If so, where are we headed."
To understand the context of Andrews’ insight, I wanted to remind you about the basic premise of his New York Times Bestseller:
• The book puts an emphasis on World War II and the holocaust;
• Andrews firmly believes "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it;"
• He expresses concern about where United States is headed – without calling out a specific leader and/or particular political party;
• He doesn’t say that the U.S. WILL be the site of the next holocaust, BUT he said that it COULD be;
• He attacks the integrity of leadership in this country;
• He points to the apathy of the American people,
• And he challenges Americans to get educated, engaged AND vote.
To read my original blog post about this book, click here.