The Future of Truth and Freedom in the Global Village: Modernism and the Challenges of the Twenty-First Century

The Future of Truth and Freedom in the Global Village: Modernism and the Challenges of the Twenty-First Century

The Future of Truth and Freedom in the Global Village: Modernism and the Challenges of the Twenty-First Century

The Future of Truth and Freedom in the Global Village: Modernism and the Challenges of the Twenty-First Century

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This book is written for everyone who loves the Truth and the Freedom to live by it. Hopefully, this means you, the reader. At first glance, it might seem impossible even to know the Truth given the wide range of truths that the earth’s diverse communities espouse. However, it is not. As will be demonstrated in the 10 chapters that follow, there is a Truth to the way things work best in the world. It is the primary purpose of this book to identify this, because surviving in the future depends on it. Above all else, three questions guide the search for the Truth: What can be learned from the past? What can be said about the present? And what is likely to occur in the future?

This book is the second of a trilogy of books that the author is writing about the future. It is meant as a complementary volume to the first, which is titled, The Future of Peace and Justice in the Global Village: The Role of World Religions in the Twenty-first Century (Westport, CT: Praeger, 2006). The author is currently writing the third book of the trilogy, The Future of Religion in the Global Village, which is scheduled for completion in the near future.

Several assumptions guide the writing of this book. First, since the dawn of civilization many millennia ago, humans have been experimenting through trial and error with how to best organize their societies. Some approaches have succeeded while others have failed miserably. Much can be learned from both the successes and the failures. The successes planted the seeds of long-term survival, and the failures faded into oblivion. Some were rigid and lasted for a limited period of time. Then they disappeared. Others were flexible and underwent transformations that enabled them to become self-sustaining.

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