|Civilisations have a life cycle; they start with a new,
unifying idea (typically religion), grow, mature, and decline. There are about 60
civilisations from Sumeria, Mesopotamia, Babylonia, the eight dynasties of Egypt, to the
modern states of Europe and America. The average lifetime of the later civilisations
is about 300 years.
Nations - how to
live together in large groups
Solzhenitsyn's (1970 Nobel literature laureate) said
: "Liberty, equality and fraternity" - the motto of the French
revolution and the basic of modern constituions of today - "are
intrinsically contradictory and unfeasable. Liberty destroys social equality.
Equality restrains liberty."