by Ernest O'Neill

Whether it's an unjust war, a cruel dictator, greedy capitalists or irresponsible workers, there does seem to be "a divinity that shapes our ends, rough-hew them how we will". Every disordered trend that demonstrates a world gone astray cries out for a correcting reaction that seems to have been built-in when the world was made. Nevertheless, these reactions or counter-moves manage only to prevent complete disaster; the world itself sinks a little more deeply into its own entropy.

Just as Gibbon in his "Decline and Fall" mentions the proliferation of bath-houses and the long-supply lines of the Roman army, so the west has its own hedonistic preoccupation and its declining educational systems. But at the same time, Asia begins to awaken and hunger for knowledge; so once again the kindly heart of our Father - " whose throne shall never, like earth's proud empires, pass away" - slows the world's decline even as He reminds us it's not meant to be like this.

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