By Chris Stewart

How strange is it, quite, within the background of all recognized human adventure, to benefit from the benefits of residing free?

The solution may perhaps shock you. In The Miracle of Freedom, Chris and Ted Stewart make a robust case that fewer than five percentage of every person who've ever lived on the planet have lived less than stipulations that shall we reflect on loose. So the place did freedom come from, and the way are we lucky sufficient to adventure it in our day?

A deeper examine the human checklist, write the authors, finds a sequence of serious occasions, seen forks within the highway resulting in very diverse results, that ended in this notable interval within which we are living. They determine and talk about seven decisive tipping points:

1. The defeat of the Assyrians of their quest to spoil the dominion of Judah
2. The victory of the Greeks over the Persians at Thermopylae and Salamis
three. Roman Emperor Constantine's conversion to Christianity
four. The defeat of the armies of Islam at Poitiers
five. The failure of the Mongols of their attempt to beat Europe
6. the invention of the hot World
7. The conflict of england in global battle II

the adventure to freedom has been millions of years lengthy. Now that it has discovered its position on the earth, the query for these people who adventure its advantages is just this: do we paintings to maintain the miracle of freedom that we get pleasure from this day?

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The river was calm, as if it had stopped flowing altogether, pellets of rain creating a million tiny ripples to break the water’s surface. It was cold, the early winter deep and chill, and the young boy leaned into his father, feeling for the warmth of his coat. They stared sadly at the statue that stood over the Charles Bridge, a beautiful Gothic overpass that spanned the Old Town and Mala Stranλ. The great king Charles, a powerful leader who had gone on to become the Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV, had commissioned the bridge almost three hundred years before.

His eyes grew wide as he stared at the beautiful creations. They were quite simply the most wonderful things he had ever seen. Brilliant, with red swans and purple wildflowers, the gifts represented at least a quarter of his family’s total wealth. And today they would be given to the royal family and buried with the king. The tradition went back an unknown number of generations. When a king died, hundreds—or, if he had been particularly powerful, thousands—of slaves and peasants were sacrificed and buried with him, along with the most valuable treasures the empire’s peasants could produce.

The general stared at the mutilated corpses and smiled with satisfaction. Was there any doubt whose god held the greater power now? The reserve Assyrian soldiers, those who had not been tasked to join in the front line of the battle, were commanded to herd the remaining inhabitants of Lachish north into the heart of the Assyrian kingdom, where they would be turned into slaves and scattered among the far regions of the Assyrian Empire. The fortunate old ones, the general knew, would live a short time.

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