The Normal Way

A government cannot escape times of order and then times of anarchy. A nation will most certainly have times of prosperity and then times of decline. Declining and then prospering; Falling into anarchy and then restoring order: This is the normal way of things.
The First Year of Ansei, Winter. “A Record of Imprisonment.”

24日物の常
一治一乱は政の免かれざる所、一盛一衰は国の必ずある所にして、衰極まりて復た盛んに、乱極まりて又治まるは則ち物を常なり。
安政元年冬「幽囚録」