Nice photo Mish - Thought I'd point out the center of the Milky Way https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/maven-user-photos/mishtalk/ask/bAfUjOZoRUOuX5UCJDqC3g/AgmfrDZldUqi-KTxZgU0cA Used black dot a.k.a. the massive black hole there ;)
To put it in more local terms: The Church, The Bank and The Court is the holy trinity of post-renaissance Western civilisation. That's really what Western civilisation is, as we have known it.
All three are simultaneously in process of undergoing full collapse:
-> The Church has lost intellectual respectability and thus moral authority.
-> The Bank has become outlandishly aggressive in its inflationary-usury practices.
-> The Court is being utterly overwhelmed with more and more utopia-bent laws.
But ultimately something greater will rise out of these ashes.
Most people seem to think that the business of historical study and predicting the future, is centred on studying rulers: kings and presidents. But it's utter rubbish I tell you because one ruler is never different from any other, except as he is a complete product of the environment he is placed in (and that environment being different from another).
Civilisation is a function of temples not of rulers:
-> earthly temples AND heavenly temples, together.
But let me tell you, though this will sound a little boastful:
Fully understanding the history and the future of the Church and the Bank is like standing at the summit of the greatest mountain you can imagine. The view is absolutely incredible. I can see for miles upon miles across time up here. It really is a kind of "I'm King of the World!" kind of experience, though a little lonely as well.
I could discuss ad nauseam just exactly what I believe that looks like. It is essentially this subject and my study of the financial system (which is what brings me to Mish's blog) that has occupied my very reclusive young life thus far. I really wouldn't know who'd I'd be without my passion for these two subjects.
What C.S. Lewis represents is the early 20th century premonition of what's going to save Christianity over the long run: The fusion of a scientifically respectable Berkeleyan Immaterialist ontology merged with an equally scientifically respectable Jungian Archetypal epistemology. I have seen signs of this holy-fusion of intellectual thought growing in YouTube-based culture of all places. I estimate we will have an entire generation of C.S. Lewisian Christians within thirty years. Thanks be to God.