All In One Lifetime

“We look back upon history and what do we see?
Empires rising and falling, revolutions and counter-revolutions, wealth accumulated and wealth dispersed.
Shakespeare has spoken of the rise and fall of great ones that ebb and flow over the moon.
I look back upon my own fellow countrymen of England, once upon a time dominating a quarter of the world.
Most of them convinced in the words of what is still a popular song that the God who made the mighty, shall make them mightier yet.
I’ve heard a crazed, cracked Austrian announce to the world the establishment of a German Reich would last a thousand years.
I’ve seen an Italian clown saying he was going to stop and restart the calendar with his own ascension to power.
I’ve seen a murderous Georgian brigand in the Kremlin acclaimed by the intellectual elite of the world as wiser than Solomon, more humane than Marcus Aurelius, more enlightened than a shokah.
I have seen America more wealthier and in terms of military weaponry more powerful than the rest of the world put together. So that had the American people so desired, they could have outdone a Caesar or an Alexander in the range and scale of their conquest.

All in one lifetime, All in one lifetime. All gone, gone with the wind.

England part of a tiny island off the coast of Europe threatened with dismemberment and even bankruptcy.
Hitler and Mussolini dead, remembered only in infamy.
Stalin is a forbidden name in the regime he helped formed and dominate for over 3 decades.
America is haunted by fears of running out of the precious fluids that keep her motorways roaring and the smog settling, and the victory of the Don Quixotes of the media as they charge the windmills of Watergate.

All in one lifetime, All in one lifetime. All gone, gone with the wind.

Behind the debris of the fallings of our solemn supermen and imperial diplomatists, lies the gigantic figure of One Person.
Because of Whom, by Whom, in Whom, and through Whom mankind may still survive.”

~Malcolm Muggeridge~

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