Vet-ChristmasEveThe American model for progress—based on disruption, deception, and deviation—is producing scarcity and hopelessness for growing numbers of people at home and abroad, and is even responsible for the emergence of Islamic State.

American Christians and Jews (including believers) have replaced universal truths and divine life with data and egoism, producing a wasteland of chaos, war, murder and suicide.

Hopefully the grace of Christmas will inspire a return to truth and solidarity, and a future of real meaning and purpose.

Photograph: Stephen Wise