Malcom Muggeridge, British journalist turned apologist, wrote:
In one lifetime I have seen my fellow countrymen ruling over a quarter of the world, the great majority of them convinced, in the words of what is still a favorite song, that “God who’s made the mighty would make them mightier yet.” I’ve heard a crazed, cracked Austrian proclaim to the world the establishment of a German Reich that would last for a thousand years; an Italian clown announce that he would restart the calendar to begin with his own assumption of power; a murderous Georgian brigand in the Kremlin acclaimed by the intellectual elite of the Western world as wiser than Solomon, more enlightened than Asoka, more humane than Marcus Aurelius. I’ve seen America wealthier and in terms of weaponry more powerful than all the rest of the world put together, so that Americans, had they so wished, could have outdone an Alexander or a Julius Caesar in the range and scale of their conquests. All in one little lifetime. All gone with the wind.
[Quotes form Malcolm Muggeridge excerpted from “The End of Christendom: Inaugural address of The Pascal Lectures on Christianity and the University,” as given at the University of Waterloo, October 1978 and published by Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, Grand Rapids, Mich., 1980.]