It has been a pretty sad year for the world, a year in which people and and nations shrunk back from thinking big.If you know enough about the history of Europe over the past 1000years, then like me, you would see the European Union as a wonderful morale. Sure they moved into the single currency too soon. They haven't recovered yet from the GFC, and the mass movements refugees from the Muslim world has put great strain on Europe. Angela Merkel, who is the daughter of a Lutheran pastor, has shown great vision; but likely, the German people will throw her out of office next year. You have Viktor Orban pleading that Hungary cannot take a single refugee. You have far-right, almost neo-Nazi, movements even in Catholic Poland, let alone France. the British, or enough of them matter, voted to Brexit. Shame on them. Here in Australia, there is the resurgence of Pauline Hanson.
there is a baser instinct in us that would answer the problem of dope addicts and traffickers with, "Shoot them! Get rid of them." But now President Détente of the Catholic Philippines is doing just that. It's very base, rotten.Colombia has suffered from a civi war for 58 years, the government fighting a Marxist guerrilla outfit called FARC. After 4 years of negotiation, encouraged by Pope Francis, the government and FARC reached a peace agreement. But a referendum of the people rejected the agreement, because, they said, it went too easy on FARC. Where to from here? Anything but large, and open-armed and welcoming. But then, we have a great pope, Francis.
Because the people of the USA have elected Donald Trump, we have to hope that he will do a good job. But honestly! He says China is manipulating its currency. Economists who know say it is not. He is going to slap a 45% tariff other country. Does he even that. Both Brexit and Donald Trump won by telling people lies that people wanted to believe. Sure there is a lot for people to be very unhappy about e.g.Top executives used to be paid 20-30 times what ordinary workers received. Now it is 240 times. President Trump intends to spend a lot on infrastructure - 50% of the bridge in the USA are past their use-by date. It is much needed. It should help reduce unemployment a lot. But he says that he is also going to reduce taxes, and get on top of the US government's huge debt, which began with the spendrift ways of Ronald Reagan and has he only got much worse since. Any reasonably bright Grade 6 kid will tell you that you can't spend a lot on building and at the same time lower taxes, and end up owing less. Perhaps he is going to discover an immense hoard of gold. Fort Knox, watch out.