“If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy,
the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world.”
“Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living.
The world owes you nothing.
It was here first.”
You see this picture of Winston Churchill?
You can clearly see the Prime Mister, along with several commanding officers,
surveying some of the British troops.
Off to the far right of the photograph walks Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery,
the senior serving officer to the British army during WWII.
General Montgomery was crucial to the success of Allied forces
defeating Hitler and his mindless Nazi murder machine.
And here we see another picture…
It’s an actual photograph the was used by the AP Press and taken
the year I was born, 1959.
I’m fortunate to have several actual photographs of Churchill that were used
in both magazines and newspapers throughout his life.
I think they call these first edition or simply original photographs with documentation.
The picture I have was taken 19 years following the initial
photograph from 1940.
In the first photo, we see two leaders, along with their troops,
as they were all preparing to embark on a world war that would
determine the course of Western Civilization’s democracy.
An embarkation for the betterment of the free world.
The second picture shows two older, yet no less formidable,
men greeting one another before attending a meeting of Parliament regarding
the Suez Debate.
19 years had passed and they and their input were still considered viable
and even necessary.
Both of these men were from what we consider a first world country.
81 years ago they were preparing to do battle against men also from
first world countries. As well as second and even third world countries.
Today we hear a great deal about a first world and her “problems”—
spoiled problems really.
Problems that consist more of want rather than need.
Problems about such things as to where we might wish to go out to eat?
“What do you mean the movie I wanted to see is sold out?”
“Why can’t I get my new appliances in when promised?…
You know the current ones I have are outdated!”
“Why can’t the dentist get me in this afternoon vs tomorrow?”
On the flip side, third would problems are based primarily on a basic need
it is not so much based upon wants and whims but rather upon survival needs.
“We need to find clean drinking water.”
“The drought has destroyed our family’s only source of food.”
“We must walk 25 miles in order to find a doctor in the neighboring
town to help the baby get well.”
On my end, I’ve been reading and hearing a lot about first world problems.
“A mother laments that her daughter can’t find a dress in her correct size
for the homecoming dance—
there seems to be a production and material shortage.”
“This house we’re building is taking much longer than we anticipated
because our builder can’t get the lumber.”
“I really wanted that new couch for the den but it would blow the budget.”
These are problems more of want and convenience rather than that
of need and survival.
So I got to thinking…
We know there are first world problems, if you can call them problems–
and we know there are third world problems—problems about basic needs…
shelter, protection, medicine, food, water…
But…wait…what of second world problems??
Is there even such a thing as a second world?
After a little investigating, I discovered that there is indeed a
category of a 2nd world…but we never really hear about it do we?
According to Investopedia.com
What is Second World?
The outdated term “second world” included countries that were
once controlled by the Soviet Union.
Second world countries were centrally planned economies and one-party states.
Notably, the use of the term “second world”
to refer to Soviet countries largely fell out of use in the early 1990s,
shortly after the end of the Cold War.
But the term second world has also been used to cover countries
that are more stable and more developed than offensive term
“third-world” countries but less-stable and less-developed
than first world countries.
Examples of second-world countries by this definition
include almost all of Latin and South America, Turkey, Thailand, South Africa,
and many others.
Investors sometimes refer to second world countries that appear to be
headed toward first world status as “emerging markets” instead.
By the first definition, some examples of second world countries
include: Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania,
Russia, and China, among others.
With regard to the second definition, according to geo-strategist
and London School of Economics doctorate Parag Khanna,
approximately 100 countries exist that are neither first world (OECD)
nor third world (least-developed, or LDC) countries.
Khanna emphasizes that within the same country there can be a
coexistence of first and second; second and third;
or first and third world characteristics.
A country’s major metropolitan areas may exhibit first world characteristics,
for example, while its rural areas exhibit third-world characteristics.
China displays extraordinary wealth in Beijing and Shanghai,
yet many of its non-urban regions are still deemed developing.
So I find it interesting that nations such as China and Russia, our
long hard fraught archnemeses, our adversaries, can be first,
second and even third worlds all within one…
whereas here in the US, Canada and much of Europe,
we consider ourselves first world.
Perhaps we should consider the land mass of each of these countries.
In Russia there are 11 different time zones compared to our 6..
yet oddly France claims 13 given their country proper along
with their sovereign lands.
It is an odd conundrum.
Land mass equating to first, second and third worlds.
So whereas there were once men who were determined to defend and protect
the freedoms of not only their first worlds but that of all worlds…
A globe where the chance for freedom for all worlds, no matter their “status”,
could be attainable.
Yet sadly we find very few who are now willing to defend and protect
those very freedoms…freedoms for all of our worlds…
freedoms that men, only 80 years ago and less, were readily willing to die for.
It appears that the agenda of both democracy and the freedom has gravely shifted.
So—let’s ask some of our older citizens or those now citizens who have immigrated
from the 2nd and 3rd world nations…
Are we more free, safer and secure under our current leadership than we were
80 yers ago?
I think I know the answer…
You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free.
But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh;
rather, serve one another humbly in love.