So I’ve taken a break from eating this week to indulge in my other favorite thing to do: read. I’ll put my nose to just about anything, be it Scorpion on a Crostini (stay tuned for that post!), or Mary Queen of Scots and the Isle. My favorite genre to read would probably be Historical Fiction. I love how fictional literature can transform a really unlikely fantasy into a realistic situation, case in point: The Notebook. However, I need the historical facts side to pull my head out of the clouds and ground me back to reality. The latest book I just finished is mainly historical and called: The 7 Tipping Points that Saved the World. First of all, THAT is a really powerful title that carries a boat load of connotations into ones mind. It’s important to mention that, although the authors do a pretty good job of supporting their choices when it comes to the 7 historical, and usually war related events that brought our world to a crossroads of some sort, in the end their opinions are just that, and their points are still debatable. For me, I feel like maybe that was the point of this book? To bring up a handful of significant events that altered our human history, to prompt us, the current generation, to reflect on other cultural, political, and social issues that have or will change our world. With this said, the theme of this book is Freedom. What it took for us to get it, and how we fought to keep it.
There is a powerful statistic stated in the beginning actually that had a real profound effect on me. According to researchers, they have estimated that about 110 billion people have ever walked this earth. Out of that number, no more than 5 billion people or roughly 4.5% of the human population has ever lived as free beings. Further research by a Professor from Yale named Robert Dahl, concluded that of all the nations in the world, only twenty-two have had a democratic government older than fifty years! That’s some really powerful facts, that force us to realize that freedom and liberty is not the rule, but rather the exception. I was born in a country and a generation where freedom is considered a born given right. And even though I’m told that on the other side of this world, there is a girl like me who can only watching t.v programed to one government sensor station, or a boy who can’t just “google” whatever he wants, it’s still more of a rumor than reality to someone like me.
In the end, I have to admit that the views tend to be pro-christianity when it comes to the 7 conflicts that are chosen to be exemplified by the authors. However if you separate your own personal views on religion and just read the stories for what they are, everyone can appreciate the struggles of those who came before us, and gain a renewed gratitude for the liberties we get to experience in our own lives today.
Stewart, Chris and Ted Stewart. Miracle of Freedom: 7 Tipping Points that Saved the World. Salt Lake City: Shadow Mountain, 2011. Print