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The Biggest Threat to America? Is Americans!: Jared Diamond - Big Think

Updated: Sep 27, 2022

Video from Big Think

"There are lots of them, and they have common features. The United States is spiraling into a crisis today. Other countries, countries that I know well and have lived in, have gotten through crises, such as Australia, Germany, Finland, Chile, Indonesia, Japan. There are generalizations about the outcomes of national crises. A country is not going to resolve a national crisis unless it acknowledges that it's in a crisis. If you don't, you're going to get nowhere. Many Americans still don't recognize today that the United States is descending into a crisis. An obvious second step is that once you recognize that you're in a crisis, you have to acknowledge that you have a responsibility. There's something that you can do about it. It's not enough to say, 'Wah, wah, poor me. I'm a helpless victim. Pity, pity, self pity, there's nothing I can do.' Nonsense. Even if there were bad countries out there, getting out of the crisis will then depend upon what you are going to do vis-á-vis those bad countries. In the United States nowadays, there's too much talk about what those Chinese and what those Canadians and what those Mexicans are doing to us and isn't that terrible, and not enough talk about how we Americans are generating our own problems. The only people who can ruin democracy in the United States are Americans. There's no way that Canadians and Mexicans or Chinese can undermine American democracy. These are national crises. But by now, all of you just reflect back on your personal lives; we've all had personal crises. Our marriages have broken down; a loved one, a child, a spouse, a brother or a sister died, transforming our view of the justice of the world; we encountered a financial crisis or a career crisis or a health crisis. We all know about these crises, and we all know by experience how we succeeded or, for a while, we resisted at getting through our personal crises. We all know that as long as we deny that we were in a crisis, as long as we said, 'My marriage is working great' until the day when your wife or husband walked in and said 'I'm getting a divorce,' you didn't deal with problems in your marriage as long you said my marriage is doing great. Or when your marriage breaks down, and you say, 'Wah wah, it's because of my terrible husband or wife.' But what did you do to provoke your terrible husband or wife? It's your responsibility. If you want to have a better next marriage, you better do something about it. Or the confidence that you get from previous crises. I had a severe professional crisis at the age of 21. I had subsequent professional crises, but because I got through my crisis at age 21, when new crises came up later, I thought 'Hm, I got through something terrible before. I'll probably get through this one now.' Similarly, for nations, nations gain confidence looking through -- from the memory of the previous national crises that they got through. Finland -- when Finland celebrated its 100 years of independence last year, the focus of Finland's celebration of independence was not Finland's independence. It was instead, Finland preserving its independence in the war against the Soviet Union in 1939 to 1945... To read the full transcript, go to' from video introduction.

Video from A & Ω Productions

"America is on the verge of being given to the godless. The value system of the godless is being imposed on this generation and this will result in the darkest time for America. As the true Christians we are the only ones who have the power to push back this darkness. We are called to humble ourselves and pray. It’s time to turn away from sin, trust God for the power to live right and allow our hearts to be turned to the needs of others. ➤𝐒𝐩𝐞𝐚𝐤𝐞𝐫(𝐬): Carter Conlon ➤ 𝐅𝐨𝐨𝐭𝐚𝐠𝐞 & 𝐕𝐢𝐝𝐞𝐨 𝐂𝐫𝐞𝐝𝐢𝐭: Licensed through Storyblocks, FILMPAC, Artgrid & Adobe Stock Images ➤ 𝐎𝐫𝐢𝐠𝐢𝐧𝐚𝐥 𝐒𝐞𝐫𝐦𝐨𝐧: March 6, 2016 - Carter Conlon - Evil Is At The Gate ➤𝐌𝐮𝐬𝐢𝐜: A Small Measure Of Peace - Hans Zimmer ➤ 𝐕𝐢𝐝𝐞𝐨 𝐄𝐝𝐢𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐁𝐲: Robin Måhl' from video introduction.

It amazes me to watch many Christians and Pastors etc. who celebrate and condone the events of January 6th. The rational is always people are frustrated so this is what you get. It's alright for Trump or his cohorts, republicans, citizens etc. to lie, cheat, steal etc. because, hey that's what it will take to SAVE America. Biden and the left are evil so we must be evil as well to fight Marxism and cancel culture. Evil is evil and giving it a free pass does not make it ok with God or anyone else.

America is dying under Biden and America will die under Trump.

We are ignoring Christ and rebelling, we are a stiff necked people and just as he did historically with Israel he will turn us over to our sins if he already hasn't!

Christ is the only answer to all of theses issues!

Video from CNN

"Rep. Anthony Gonzalez (R-OH), a staunchly conservative Republican congressman who says he is retiring due to the toxic divisions in Washington, tells CNN's Jake Tapper he is speaking out against former President Donald Trump's lie because the country "cant survive torching the constitution." from video introduction.

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