There is a terrible malaise in our country and I blame it on the decline of faith, I really do. If a person is not grounded in God, the world is such a bleak place, and I know that from experience. Nothing, absolutely nothing seems meaningful, and you will do anything to escape from that boredom and pain. I think the Devil is in possession of this world, and ever since the Fall, he always has been. Jesus came to show that to us, and to give us the choice of something better and different. As He said, My yoke is easy and My burden is light. Accepting His way means catching glimpses of light when you experience love, which is God's essence--and those moments give you the strength to not give up.