If a poll were taken asking what the biggest threats presently facing the world are, the top three answers would be terrorism, climate change and the declining economy. Most people’s number one would be terrorism. World leaders are certainly concerned about the tenuous relations existing in the world and the ongoing threat of ISIS, and as a result they are proposing extreme solutions that promise safety and security, while at the same time they deny basic freedoms.
“The present is a time of overwhelming interest to all living. Rulers and statesmen, men who occupy positions of trust and authority, thinking men and women of all classes, have their attention fixed upon the events taking place about us. They are watching the strained, restless relations that exist among the nations. They observe the intensity that is taking possession of every earthly element, and they recognize that something great and decisive is about to take place–that the world is on the verge of a stupendous crisis.”1