The Growing World Deficit

Posted on July 6, 2015 in Justice, Law, Leadership

Earth from spaceIt’s no surprise in our age of instant 24/7 global communications that historic social mores are changing fast and furiously.

For those who viewed certain of those customs and values as oppressive or unjust, it’s party time. For those who don’t know how to move forward in the wake of sudden, sweeping change, anger and despair rise. Even cries to God for judgment.

As the march toward uncharted territory accelerates, the power elites exploit global networks and social media to advance their vision of justice and rightness. And in the process they’re deepening a deficit more capable of bringing the world to its knees than the mountains of sovereign debt piling up everywhere.

A deficit of wisdom.

Wisdom is a quality of having knowledge, experience, and good judgment. It’s knowledge rightly applied. You know it when you see it. Calm in a storm. Solution-oriented vision. Willing and able to weigh multiple options and viewpoints and make sound choices and decisions.

Knowledge. Experience. Good judgment. The pillars of wisdom, built in that order.

The rush to abolish long-held values ignores the cumulative knowledge and experience of the human race. In a few cases that’s actually good. But mostly it’s not.

There’s that word again.


The common understanding of good and evil is being turned upside down. The moorings of history and natural law are being ripped and replaced with emotion. The intoxication of newfound power won by handfuls of people through the courts spreads like wildfire to other narrow-interest groups seeking to advance their agenda.

Sounds like despotism to me.

Which is what the Declaration of Independence we just celebrated was all about getting rid of.

We can’t confuse the content of government decisions with the process by which they arise. Whatever side you take on whatever issue, government by people instead of laws is a bad deal.

You win today, you like it. You lose tomorrow, you scream injustice.

The Bible gives us a picture of wisdom that promotes the common good: “The wisdom from above is first of all pure. It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy and the fruit of good deeds. It shows no favoritism and is always sincere.”

Knowledge. Experience. Good judgment.

Willing to yield to others. Full of mercy. No favoritism, always sincere.

Knowledge, rightly applied.

What say you?