The United States of America, the United Kingdom, the Islamic Republics, and the European Union are each a pathetic example of human persistence. Of course the noble aspects of human advancements have continued as the seeds of false gods and empty standards have been sown and the proceeds reaped. If one dares look closely at the entities named united what emerges is a picture of great brokenness, desperate windowdressing , all shining monuments to the utterly unreliable and factually-challenged bunk of human misadventures.
Enlightenment produces sophistication and we have been programmed into thinking that the signs include moon landings or wise statements about justice and decency. With no-one claiming to be the bright shining whore who deceives the world and merchandises everything (including people) the chances of light where there is no lamp is slim indeed. The world’s declared powers continue to horrify us.
One can always find people who are eager to justify their nation’s history no matter how cruel and disgusting. Extreme examples have been toyed with to correct historical narratives and escape the stigma: homelands (Israeli Zionism, apartheid policies, and ghettos), legislation to keep the gap between the poor and the rich widening, and xenophobia as a self-defense strategy. Few people really want to go back to anything. Yet it is the past that appeals to current views. At least the last shapes the present.
It may seem that life in its tribal configurations were simple and uncomplicated, but tribal and national arrangements are not sustainable. Building walled cities seemed to benefit the pirate and colonizer. This was the world into which Abraham came, and saw the same mentality about community and fellowship that he had seen in Mesopotamia. Canaan had no sprawling metropolises but its nations built and fortified their cities, and conducted raids on the neighbours, taking people, animals, food and all kinds of goods.
The world into which most of us were born had nations allied and determined to make merchandise of their neighbors, and the record shows that there were nations that ventured to distant shores to loot and rape.
The unity that makes strength was denied the world-ruling powers, and their ventures prove that their tribal loyalties build no lasting solidarity. Unless there is a new definition of unity everybody should be careful about attaching harmony to character of the United States, the United Kingdom or the European Union. The new Yorks, Bedfords, Dublins, Scotias, and Glasgows are more than spitting images of the namesakes. They ensure memories of character: a motherhood necessity.
Daniel saw that mixing iron and dirt does not create unity.
And as the toes of the feet were partly iron and partly clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong and partly brittle. As you saw the iron mixed with soft clay, so they will mix with one another in marriage, but they will not hold together, just as iron does not mix with clay. Daniel 2:42-43
The beastly powers have no conscience. They are corporate giants with robotic and capricious habits. The moments when they are not hungry and prowling are rare.
Since American character has been sealed by the Constitution and the devastating Civil War it is unlikely that real unity is possible. The two amendments that people seem to treasure most dominate the scene – the right to speak freely and the right to bear arms – have been the fuel for ongoing conflicts even bloody conflict.
All of these United entities – Europe, the States and United Kingdom- have one thing in common, a record of family squabbles. States’ rights have been the tools of seditious and discriminatory legislation. Divided houses have a date with calamity and that is a lesson the great do not seem to learn easily.