By Chris Stewart
How strange is it, particularly, within the background of all identified human event, to benefit from the advantages of residing free?
The solution may well shock you. In The Miracle of Freedom, Chris and Ted Stewart make a robust case that fewer than five percentage of each person who've ever lived in the world have lived below stipulations that lets ponder loose. So the place did freedom come from, and the way are we lucky sufficient to event it in our day?
A deeper examine the human list, write the authors, finds a chain of serious occasions, visible forks within the street resulting in very assorted results, that led to this outstanding interval during which we are living. They determine and speak about seven decisive tipping points:
1. The defeat of the Assyrians of their quest to ruin the dominion of Judah
2. The victory of the Greeks over the Persians at Thermopylae and Salamis
three. Roman Emperor Constantine's conversion to Christianity
four. The defeat of the armies of Islam at Poitiers
five. The failure of the Mongols of their attempt to beat Europe
6. the invention of the recent World
7. The conflict of england in global warfare II
the adventure to freedom has been hundreds of thousands of years lengthy. Now that it has came across its position on this planet, the query for these folks who adventure its advantages is just this: do we paintings to maintain the miracle of freedom that we get pleasure from this day?
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It is important to understand that, in and of themselves, none of these events created the gift of freedom that we enjoy today. However, each of them proved to be a critical tipping point in which the future of the world was altered, creating the cradle in which the gift of democracy could be born and flourish in our day. ) Simply put, the case that we intend to make is this: • Freedom and democracy are extraordinarily rare events in human history. Indeed, only a tiny fraction of humans have been given the opportunity of living in a free land.
4. org. ^5. ” In 2009, the number had increased to 89 nations (out of a total of 193). ^6. S. pdf. ^7. See Dahl, How Democratic, 43. ^8. We understand that the United States of America is not a democracy, but a republic. However, we use the term democracy and its application to the United States, as well as other nations with a republican form of government, because of its broader and more generally understood meaning. ^9. The chief characteristic and distinguishing feature of a Democracy is: Rule by Omnipotent Majority.
These gifts are limited to those countries that we refer to as the West, meaning Europe and the United States of America, and those few nations scattered around the world that have emulated the Western form of political philosophy and government. In the Beginning As illustrated in the personal narratives above, individual freedom is an idea that has been barely recognized for most of human history. True, there are a few examples of rare cultures or extraordinary leaders who at least tried to understand the value of freedom and justice, but they are few and far between.