Since they first appeared in the New Testament, the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse have ridden roughshod into the consciousness of every generation. They remain a potent symbol in popular culture. But, as a judgment on the failings of human beings, and as a warning to put our collective house in order, they’ve had remarkably little effect.
More people have died in wars over the last century than in any previous one. More infants are dying from preventable causes than at any time in history. Access to decent economic opportunities is denied to at least half the world’s people. You can react to these facts in one of two ways: you can blame modern warfare, population growth, and the unemployed for being irredeemably lazy; or you can take a moment to reflect that perhaps it’s a little more complicated than that, and decide to do something about it.
The biblical Four Horsemen – War, Conquest, Poverty and Famine – continue to ravage communities and the planet through their modern day equivalents: a rapacious financial system, escalating organized violence, abject poverty for billions and the looming environmental crisis. These contemporary Four Horsemen are converging at a time when governments, religious leaders and mainstream economists have failed to provide the leadership necessary to assure the survival of our civilization. If our leaders are powerless to effect change, then it’s time we took matters into our own hands. This book suggests how we might take control of our collective future and prevent the Four Horsemen galloping to their logical destination.
– Excerpt from Four Horsemen – The Survival Manual