The concept of a failed state found its way into the global lexicon in the last two decades or so. Prior to the emergence of this phenomenon, nations were basically classified along levels of economic development into developed, developing, and underdeveloped economies. The most susceptible to becoming a failed state are the underdeveloped countries in Africa and Asia.
The story of the young and old prophet told in I Kings 13 is a shocking reminder of the fatal consequences of yielding to the spirit of deception. The harsh reality is that deception always results in a loss to the deceived; sometimes it is the ultimate loss – death.
Of all calamities that can befall man, deception is the worst. Deception is the root cause of the most intractable problems of man.
Inspiration is the arousal of the mind to special unusual activity or creativity. Theologically speaking, inspiration is defined as a special influence of a divinity on the minds of human beings’ (WordNet). Either way, inspiration is an impression upon the human mind that brings about unusual accomplishments.
Poverty is simply persistently lacking what you need. It is either real or imagined. Poverty is real when someone lacks the basic needs in life: food and water, clothing, shelter, good health, etc. You imagine it when you think you need something and you can’t seem to get it.
Despair is a state in which everything seems wrong and will turn out badly. And to despair is to abandon hope; give up hope or lose heart (WordNet). Given the prevailing economic uncertainties, social chaos and political turbulence across the globe, there’s every reason to despair.