The Urban Joshua

Part III of the Joshua Book Series


A Handbook for Spiritual Activists and Active Spiritualists

Now available as an audio book! 

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INTRODUCTION

 

This book is about our modern, urban society and the modern, urban people who live in that society. It is also about a man named Joshua ben Joseph who taught a way of life that is relevant, dynamic and ideal for our progressive age.

Joshua’s teachings have already greatly influenced the course of history since his brief time on Earth some 2000 years ago. Much of his teachings act as a silent witness to the transformation in thinking of modern men and women who envision a society of equality, freedom and social justice.

The original message of Joshua is relevant, vital and also urgently needed in this time of social upheaval, political militancy, economic restructuring and technological progress.

A progressive society needs a progressive religion and the teachings of Joshua can be shown to be the ideal way of life for our urban society. Joshua’s religion is evolutionary to the individual, liberating to the citizen, motivating to the activist and transforming to the sincere seeker who is pursuing God with all his heart and soul and mind.

Contents

 

INTRODUCTION

PROLOGUE: The Work of the Books

Chapter 1 The Nation of God

     PROFILE: The 14th Dalai Lama

Chapter 2 The City of God

Chapter 3 Technology Changed Everything

Chapter 4 The Citadel

     PROFILE: Menachem Froman

Chapter 5 Age of Tyrants

Chapter 6 Global Citizens

     PROFILE: Garry Davis

Chapter 7 Civil Disobedience

Chapter 8 Liberation

     PROFILE: Richard Wurmbran

Chapter 9 Modern Atheism

     PROFILE: Spock

Chapter 10 The Keys to the City

Chapter 11 The Third Way

     PROFILE: Wangari Maathai

Chapter 12 The Sons of Darkness

Chapter 13 Mortalit

Chapter 14 The Arrow of Time

     PROFILE: Francis Collins

Chapter 15 Civil Servant

Chapter 16 Nationalism

Chapter 17 The New Religionist

PROLOGUE:

The Work of the Books

 

Johannes hired three men to assist in his undertaking – “the work” as he was prone to call it. Everything was done in great secrecy, there were too many others working on similar ideas – industrial espionage is not a new invention and he could not afford to have his ingenuous new technology stolen. He had after all sunk everything into the work, even borrowing two large sums of 800 guilders to finance the project, an amount roughly equivalent to $100,000 in today’s market.

The work was painstakingly slow, carving and filing each letter took an entire day and he needed close to 300 letters. Mistakes were costly, the metal he was working with was expensive and his hired artisans were some of best in the trade and would not work for less than guild rates.

Johannes’ family were goldsmiths and blacksmiths, he was familiar with metal working. They had lived in this area of the Rhine River that was famed for its lush and dark soil: tobacco, hops, flax, hemp and beetroot were grown as well as grains – and most importantly, for our story, grapes. In those days, the vineyards of the Rhine Valley produced some of the world’s finest wines and the most common instrument used to squeeze every last drop of juice from the grapes was the wine press.

And so it happened that Johannes had his eureka moment – he combined the technologies of the wine press with that of the simple letter punches that he was very familiar with and produced the world’s first industrial printing press. In 1450 Johannes Gutenberg printed 180 copies of his first book which is now known as the Gutenberg Bible. The books were artistic masterpieces and not just a technological breakthrough, each one meticulously laid out, perfectly lettered and beautifully illustrated.

The hides of 140 calves were sacrificed for each Bible and the ink and typography was of the highest quality. Additional red lettering for headings and highlighting was done by professional rubricators, as well as much ornament along the borders and title pages. The books sold for about 30 guilders each or about $8000 in today’s currency. Each Bible was quite massive by today’s pocketbook standards, weighing about 50 pounds – not something you would curl up with by the fireplace.

Little did Johannes know that his Bible and the printing press would have far-reaching and earth-shaking consequences for the entire world. The Bible that he created was intended primarily for the church and the universities they owned; they had the money and the will to buy them. However, the printing press opened up the modern age by making books affordable for the average man – as others began operating printing presses, the costs went dramatically down and within the space of a hundred years there were an estimated 200 million books in print.

The irony of this event in world history is this: the Bible that Gutenberg had hoped would help unite the Church was the catalyst that soon divided it. The average man could now read the holy book for himself and it was soon apparent that much of the Church’s theology was at odds with the written word. The printing press would have far-reaching reverberations that wouldbe felt over the next 500 years as the world emerged from the feudal darkness of the Medieval age into the bright sunlight of the new age of industry, science, technology and individual freedom.

 

Soon the dramatic impact of the printing press was felt, when in 1517, a humble yet fiery monk named Martin Luther nailed a scathing indictment of the corruption of the Church on the door of the Wittenberg church in Germany. With the aid of the printing press, copies of his 95 Theses, as it came to be known, were distributed throughout Europe and the wave of dissent it caused resulted in the Protestant Reformation. The church lost its hold on the social, political and religious life of Europe and a new age of religious and political freedom was ushered in.

The Scientific Revolution

The Scientific Revolution was born hot on the heels of the invention of the printing press – within a century many philosophers, thinkers, scientists and intellectuals would begin a revolution that emphasized reason, individualism and the scientific method as the basis for civil society. This was in direct opposition to the Church’s program of submission to Church doctrines which it used to maintain almost complete control over society for a thousand years.

The Church controlled every aspect of social life, from education to government, science, leisure, marriage and family. It became the target for thinkers such as Francis Bacon, John Locke, Voltaire, Diderot, Isaac Newton and Jean-Jacques Rousseau. Sir Francis Bacon, considered by many to be the father of the Scientific Revolution, formulated the beginnings of what we now know as the scientific method.

 

The Secular Revolt

What began as an attempt to reform the Christian Church inadvertently let loose the scientific era of enlightened reason and the political transformation of the Western world. Luther’s attempt to reform the Church failed and in its place a new church was born that rejected the ecclesiastic rule of the priest-class in favor of a congregation of lay-priests; much of the Church’s corruption and corrupt theology was also rejected and autonomous churches took root in Europe and later on in the New World of North America.

The tragedy of the Scientific Revolution was that the reactionary thinkers of the Enlightenment not only revolted against the totalitarian Church but they also precipitated an outright revolt against God himself; through guilt by association they threw out the baby and the bathwater in one fell swoop.

Philosophers such as Frederic Nietzsche declared God dead and atheistic science and mechanistic philosophers proclaimed religion and faith as unscientific, un-evolved and unnecessary. Man, in his so-called scientific evolution had supposedly outgrown his primitive superstitions; belief in God was seen as archaic, misguided, imaginary, unempirical, un-provable – and in recent days, atheists have proclaimed that faith is a delusion and religion is immoral.

 

Chapter 1

The Nation of God

Joshua began his public ministry proclaiming, B’malkuot Aalah aiyt lka which is Aramaic and when translated it means:

The Nation of God is at hand.

The Nation of God is neither a social, political or economic order. It is the exclusive spiritual citizens of a nation dedicated to the will of God. This nation has no geographical borders or passports to authenticate the identity of its citizens. It is only the shared Spirit who lives in the hearts and minds of these liberated citizens who validates and testifies that these men and women are true and rightful citizens of this spiritual nation.

The Nation of God is the divine government which is founded on the sovereign power and authority of God himself who is the supreme ruler, legislator and Father of all its citizens. In fact, these citizens are united by their mutual relationship to the Father of the Nation. They are all brothers and sisters; children of the divine head of state who rules with unchallengeable authority.

The Nation of God is not a physical place nor is it an intellectual theory. It is the real spiritual relationship between God and Man. Joshua ben Joseph, who is the leading citizen of this Nation, said 2000 years ago,

The Nation of God is within you.

 

This simple, yet profound statement reveals that the Spirit who indwells the minds of Man is the same Spirit who dwells in Paradise, the destiny and hope of all the citizens of the Nation.

Entrance to the Nation

Entrance to the Nation of God is granted to all mortal men and women who desire fellowship with God. “The Nation of God is at hand,” said Joshua, and all many enter regardless of their sex, creed, race, ethnicity or status in the world. Anyone can enter at any time, in any place; the gates are always open to any who desire to sit at the foot of God and learn from him.

The cost of entrance to the Nation of God is faith which is a free gift from God. In his infinite wisdom and generosity, God has paid for your salvation by giving you the gift of faith. This free gift reveals the abundance of the Father’s love for his children. If you believe that God is your true Father, then you may enter the Nation and fellowship with God and with the citizens who dwell within the spiritual home that exists within the dreams and hopes of every mortal man and woman.

Seek and you shall find, ask and you will be given, knock and the door will be opened.

A Newborn Citizen

Becoming a citizen of the Nation is a life-changing experience. A new citizen often feels like a new person and experiences an increased sense of joy and freedom. It is like being a citizen of a poor country and then being given a passport and citizenship to an amazing wealthy country that you barely knew existed.

The inner transformation of the new citizen is real. The recognition of our status in the eternal Nation provides us with a fresh start in life and a fresh outlook.

Many newborn citizens report a zeal for life they previously lacked. A deep and enduring love and affection for all mankind takes root in the hearts of citizens which results in a natural desire to serve the other citizens of the Nation and reach out to those who know nothing of the beauty and majesty of this mighty nation.

The 3 Essentials of the Nation

The Nation of God is based on 3 essential truths that work together in harmony:

  1. Head of State – God is the Head of State, absolute ruler and Founding Father of the Nation of God. God maintains the right to rule over the Nation and its citizens with unchallengeable power and authority. Even so, God chooses to delegate his power and authority to any and all of his citizens without limit or discrimination based on their ability and receptivity to assume his powers and prerogatives.

  2. Citizenship – all citizens of the Nation of God are automatically known as Sons of God and are accountable to the sovereign ruler of the Nation who is the Founding Father. The relation between the Father and the child of God is transforming and enables not only the citizen but also the Nation to progress and grow.

  3. Highest Ideal – the citizens of the Nation are united by the Highest Ideal to do the Will of God. They live by the manifesto of Joshua who said, “Seek first the Nation of God and its righteousness and all things will be added unto you.” God will provide everything necessary for you to fulfill his will.

 

The Rule of Living in the Nation of God

All the citizens of the Nation of God follow two simple, yet profoundly life-changing rules of conduct which function to invigorate and motivate the citizens in their service to each other.

  1. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, with all your mind and with all your strength. This is the first and greatest commandment.

  2. Love your fellow citizen as yourself. This is the second of the two laws.

 

These two laws are really one because the one leads to the other. Love of God leads to Love of our fellow citizen and Love of our fellow citizen also leads to the love of God.

 

PROFILE: The 14th Dalai Lama

 

The name ‘Dalai Lama’ literally means ‘ocean teacher’ which symbolically means a wise teacher who has the depth and breadth of the ocean. Tenzin Gyatso was chosen as the successor of the 13th Dalai Lama in 1950 when he was only 2 years old. He was born in the tiny village of Takster, a peasant community of Tibetan farmers.

 

He was taken to Lhasa and grew up in a 1,000-room palace where his religious education began at age 6 under the tutelage of Tibetan monks who schooled him in Sanskrit, Buddhism, medicine and Tibetan language and culture. At the young age of 15 he was proclaimed the head of Tibet; and also that year China invaded Tibet, maintaining that Tibet was part of China. The Dalai Lama spent 9 years attempting to negotiate with Mao Tse Tung and the communist party but finally he was forced to flee to India with thousands of his followers, fearing assassination by the Chinese military.

The Dalai Lama set up the Tibetan government in exile in the northern state of Dharamshala, India where he has remained since 1959 as the spiritual and political leader of a country occupied by China. It is illegal to openly support either Tibetan self-rule or the Dalai Lama in Tibet – violators of these Chinese laws are subject to torture and imprisonment.

He has consistently promoted non-violence as a method of dealing with the situation with China. Speaking at Jamia Millia Islamia University, India he said, “At present the Tibetan struggle is between the power of truth and the power of the gun. In the short term the gun seems more powerful, but in the long run truth is more important and more effective.”

He has spent much of his time over the last 50 years tirelessly promoting inter-faith dialogue and making efforts to bridge gaps between religious groups. In 2010, with the help of Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad of Jordan, he pioneered the Common Ground Project which published a book called Common Ground between Islam and Buddhism, an attempt to open up dialogue and communication between these two world religions.

 

He has written numerous books and conducted hundreds of conferences, lectures and workshops at major universities and institutions throughout the world, discussing such topics as Healing Anger, Compassion, Happiness and the Convergence of Science and Spirituality. The Dalai Lama has met with many Western leaders and has visited 46 countries including the United States, Europe, Russia, Latin America and many countries in Asia on a number of occasions. His message is always one of peace, tolerance and compassion for all people.

When asked recently about the Chinese government’s repression of Tibetans he answered: “If we are to learn from that, when we are faced with conflict we have to find peaceful ways and means to resolve it. Whatever kind of problem we face, we need to address it through dialogue, by sitting down with our opponent and talking it through. Remembering the tragedies of the 20th century, we need to make this a century of dialogue.”

And despite his world-wide acclaim and adoration as a significant teacher in this time, he has always said that he is a “simple monk, nothing special.” He rises at 4 a.m. every day and spends several hours praying and meditating. He has been quoted as saying, “Kindness and a good heart are the underlying foundation for success in this life and making progress on the spiritual path.”

 

 

 

Chapter 2

The City of God

Modern people live in cities; our life is in the streets and boulevards, among the towers and tall buildings that line the broad avenues teeming with bustling citizens and shining automobiles that rush us back and forth to work, school, shopping and play.

The fellowship of citizens who share common spiritual goals and have the same eternal destiny make up the City of God, the local community of believers who desire to work and live together and do the Will of the Father, who is Head of State of the Nation and Joshua, his son, is the gatekeeper of the City.

This City is a spiritual city. It is not a physical city made of concrete and glass like the ones we live in; we dwell temporarily in cities on Earth and eternally we already inhabit the Eternal City. We are therefore Dual Citizens who must adapt to the changing times and requirements of our Earthly homes and still maintain our commitment to do the will of the Father first and foremost without neglecting our responsibilities to family and work in our earthly home.

The Builders of the City

Joshua spoke a parable on one occasion concerning the citizens of the Nation who build their spiritual homes within the Nation of God:

 

“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock.  And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.”

The citizens of the world build their homes on Earth in order to secure prosperity and safety from the storms of mortal life. The citizens of the eternal nation build their spiritual homes within their very own souls to secure for themselves a future place in eternity.

The home we build is based on our decisions when confronted with choices that require we seek the counsel of the inner spirit: the more we follow the leading of our inner guide the more secure our home will be.

The Rule of the City

There is one great, yet simple rule for the citizens of the City and it is this:

Treat others the way you want to be treated.

This ethical rule of thumb provides the citizens a flexible and merciful way of dealing with each other in all social interactions. It opens the door for fair treatment and consideration of all citizens.

 

Eusebius, the historian of the early Christian church, wrote a short prayer concerning this rule of living:

May I love, seek and attain only what is good.
May I desire happiness for all and harbor envy for none.
May I never find joy in the misfortune of one who has wronged me.
May I never wait for the rebuke of others, but always rebuke myself until I make reparation.
May I gain no victory that harms me or my opponent.
May I reconcile friends who are mad at each other.
May I, insofar as I can, give all necessary help to my friends and to all who are in need.
May I never fail a friend in trouble.
May I be able to soften the pain of the
   grief stricken and give them comforting words.

 

A short practical guide to living out the Golden Rule, as it is often known can be summarized in 7 Steps:

  1. Try to understand your fellow citizens. To love human beings we must first understand them, so it requires effort on your part to find out about the lives and motivations of others. Take time out every day to learn something new about someone you know.

  2. Find ways to help others. Put the cares and concerns of others above your own. Acts of kindness may open the door to friendship and opportunities to help others.

  3. Pay back evil with good. Resist the urge to retaliate or seek revenge when someone treats us unjustly. Find peaceful, positive solutions to social problems.

  4. Be friendly. Learn to like others. Universal like leads to optimism and universal love of mankind is a deep well of spiritual strength.

  5. Forget about yourself. In the grand scheme of the Father’s plan for human advancement, we are important because God can use us to further his plans for expanding his Nation and communing with the fellowship of believers in the City.

  6. Practice compassion. We are all in the same boat down here on Planet Earth. We all must suffer the challenges of mortal life and feeling the difficulties of others is a sign of true spiritual maturity.

  7. Listen. A sympathetic ear is often more than many people ever find in their lives. Try to be that understanding person in the lives of others.

 

First Citizen

Joshua son of Joseph is the first citizen of the Nation of God and the City therein. He is also the elder brother to all citizens in the family of God who share a common eternal destiny and a desire to do the will of the founding Father of the Nation. Joshua said, “I am the door” which means that those who follow the life that Joshua not only practiced but also preached will enter into the eternal City and gain access to the Founding Father.

Joshua is the leading citizen because of his outstanding devotion to the founding Father; he always did the will of his Father. Joshua is the model citizen, the ideal spiritual son and the greatest example for all citizens to emulate.

 

Joshua did not align himself with political or economic leaders during his time on Earth for “he knew what was in the heart of men and did not commit himself to them.” He followed a spiritual path and declared that his Nation was not “of this world.”

Joshua warned us not to be deceived by those who come saying ‘here is the nation’ or ‘there is the nation,’ because his Father’s Nation does not concern things visible and material. And this nation is even now among us, for where the spirit of God speaks to the soul of man; there in reality is the Nation of God. And this “Nation of God is righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit.”

 

 

 

Chapter 3

Technology Changed Everything

It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity.

 

Technology is a gift of God. After the gift of life it is perhaps the greatest of God’s gifts. It is the mother of civilizations, of arts and of sciences.

 

Western society has undergone enormous, unprecedented change in the last 100 years. Science and its offspring, technology, are remaking our world in ways never even imagined a century ago.

Nations in Asia, Africa, South America and the Middle East are also currently going through similar social change as they industrialize and engage the global economy. The majority of the social, economic and political change in the world in the last 100 years is directly or indirectly due to the explosion in science and technology.

Medicine, transportation, communication, commerce, politics, economics, education, religion – everything and everyone has been affected by technology in the last 100 years. The advances of technology have brought great social change to much of Western and Eastern society.

The following summary shows some of the impacts on society of this change:

 

The Good

 

  • Women now have the vote. The only country left in the entire world where women are not allowed to vote is Saudi Arabia. If you count the Vatican as a country, then you can add them because women have no vote for the simple reason they are not allowed to be cardinals and it is the cardinals who elect the pope.

  • Life expectancy – in the last 100 years the average global life expectancy has more than doubled from 31 years to 67 years. Much of this increase is due to improved sanitation, health care, immunization and education. Some studies indicate that the average life span in industrialized nations will hit 95 by the year 2040.

  • The infant-mortality rate has dropped dramatically in industrialized nations from 1 in 10 to 1 in 150. According to the State of the World’s Mothers report by Save the Children, the world IMR declined from 126 in 1960 to 57 in 2001.   Again, this is due to improved sanitation, disease control, access to clean water and better education for mothers.

  • Women have entered the workplace in high numbers all over the world in the last century. Keeping pace with this revolution is the high global levels of female education. In fact, in some countries like the US, women are obtaining 60% of post-graduate degrees, outpacing their male counter-parts.

  • The average “poor” working person has access to education, entertainment, health care, consumer products, affordable housing that even the wealthiest people of 100 years ago would have envied.
  • Family size – the average number of children per family is now half of what it was in 1950; from an average of 5 children per family to the current global birth rate of 2.5 children per family. Smaller family size means better economic opportunities for children and more time spent with each child.Birth rate is inversely proportional to the wealth of a society.

  • Global illiteracy has been halved in the last century…studies done in the 1970’s put global illiteracy at 40% and recently global illiteracy is about 15%, an extraordinary achievement. Much of this continuing trend is due to advances in technology that make books cheaper and more abundant; third world nations emerging out of poverty and creating more schools; and access to internet and information.

  • Global travel – travel and transportation have expanded like never before in man’s history. 500 years ago, the average person travelled little, the feudal peasant was tied to his farm, family and town; travel was slow and unless you were wealthy, a merchant, soldier or just plain adventurous, you saw very little of the world during your short lifetime. And also the safety of air flight has drastically improved in recent years. From 2009 to 2013 there were no reported fatalities on commercial flights in the US, an astonishing statistic considering the 8-9 million flights every year on US soil.

  • Communication – alongside the revolution in transportation, global communication has leaped far ahead. Cell phones, internet, radio, television, satellites, and home computers have radically changed our world, and most of these technologies are available to the average citizen. The number of cell phones in use worldwide is estimated as of 2013 to be 6 billion.

  • Leisure Time – due to the increased use of machines to do menial tasks and the much reduced work week for the average person, most people have enormous amounts of free time which can be spent pursuing worthwhile tasks such as innovation and invention. Without leisure time, the great thinkers, innovators and geniuses cannot flourish.

 

The Bad

 

Population growth – In 1925 the global population was 1 billion people; we are currently at 7 billion people and we are expecting to hit 8 billion by 2020. This puts enormous strains on world resources, infrastructure and economic systems. More people means a much more complicated and complex world with equally complicated and complex problems to solve. Many studies have shown the results of over-crowding are negative and lead to higher crime rates, addiction and domestic violence and abuse.

 

Divorce is on the increase like never before in human history. Divorce is much easier to get in most countries now; it wasn’t long ago that divorce was illegal in most European countries; divorce in industrialized nations is as high as 50%.

 

Family breakdown in industrialized nations is epidemic with higher percentages of single-parent or mixed-marriage families. The impact on divorce upon children cannot be overstated. Children of divorced parents are at a distinct disadvantage to their counterparts from intact homes.

 

Drug addiction – some estimate the total number of drug users world-wide to be 230 million. Drug related deaths due to gangs and mobs fighting over control of the drug market are also high. The burden on the health care system and the dollar value of drug addiction’s drain on society, though difficult to gauge, is still clearly very high; the destruction of drugs on youth is especially prevalent as youth are the primary drug users.

 

Prostitution, pornography and sex slavery – all are global big business, reporting annual revenues in the billions that are on the increase every year.

 

Urban poverty – the new urban poor who huddle in sprawling ghettos, slums and barrios throughout modern cities like Mexico City, Cairo, Nairobi, Sao Paulo, Manila and Jakarta live in stark contrast to the affluent citizens who share their cities. Disease, crime, drugs, unemployment and child malnutrition are high in all of these urban slums.

Environmental degradation – pollution, loss of arable land, decreasing fresh water supplies, depletion of ocean resources due to over-fishing, oil spills like the recent BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico threaten life as we know it. Bee colony collapse, monarch butterfly population dramatically reduced, endangered species, 40% decline in zooplankton worldwide since 1950, and deforestation are a few of the glaring impacts of industrialization upon the environment. The US military is considered the number one polluter worldwide with its massive fleets of jets, aircraft carriers, drones, tanks, jeeps and other assorted vehicles that are in operation 24/7.

 

Modern diseases such as chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, anorexia, lupus, cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, depression, anxiety and mental illness are aggravated by our modern, chemical-ridden, technologically-driven cities.

Epidemic increase in mass murders such as the Norway shooting, Columbine, Boston Marathon bombing, Sandy Hook massacre, suicide bombings, 9/11 and the Batman movie shooting. Since 1996 there have been about 75 mass shootings worldwide. Industrialized nations generally report higher incidents of serial killers: the United States, with the highest GDP in the world leads the pack by a long shot with an estimated 75% of known cases of serial homicide. The top 14 countries with the most serial killers are all members of the G20 without exception.

 

The majority of people now live in urban centers. Every single country in the world, without exception, now has significantly added people to their cities in ever increasing numbers. The developed nations have an average of 80% urban population whereas the less developed or developing nations boast urban populations over 50%. [World Urbanization Prospects]

 

Increasing wealth in the hands of an ever smaller group of people – the 1 %. Never in all human history has so much power and wealth been in the hands of such a small group of independent citizens, corporations, bankers and elites who are accountable to no one. Never has the gap between the poor and the rich been so great. 

 

The extent to which so much global wealth is controlled by a virtual handful of the global elite was exposed in a recent report from Oxfam. It warned that the richest 85 people across the globe share a combined wealth of 110 trillion dollars, as much as the poorest 3.5 billion of the world’s population combined.

An analysis of long-term trends shows the distance between the richest and poorest countries was about:

 

  • 3 to 1 in 1820

  • 11 to 1 in 1913

  • 35 to 1 in 1950

  • 44 to 1 in 1973

  • 72 to 1 in 1992

 

Global poverty – despite the incredible gains of science and technology,

 

  • 80% of the world’s population is dirt-poor and live on less than $10 a day.

  • Over 1 billion people live on less than $1 a day.

  • According to UNICEF, 22,000 children die each day due to poverty. And they “die quietly in some of the poorest villages on earth, far removed from the scrutiny and the conscience of the world. Being meek and weak in life makes these dying multitudes even more invisible in death.”

  • Over a billion people worldwide lack access to clean water, something even our primitive ancestors would not have had to face.

  • 1.6 billion people or 25% of the world’s population live without electricity.

 

The Ugly

 

  • War, war, war – the last century had more slaughter and bloodshed than the rest of man’s history combined: approximately 200 million people lost their lives due to war in the 20th century. More death and destruction is yet to come.

 

  • Threat of complete and total destruction of our planet. Nuclear holocaust, environmental holocaust or biologic plague due to manmade chemicals and/or diseases. Global economic collapse is a looming threat.

 

  • The rise of a global totalitarian state dominated by international bankers, corporations and oil companies. The alarming reality that psychopathic men and women have the means and the will to overthrow, by conquest, manipulation or consent the sovereignty of all nations and install a global police state is not something that most people are willing to contemplate.

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