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Daniel—Friend of Kings

He was a young Hebrew captive, yet the greatest rulers of heaven and earth told him their secrets.

By Betsy Mayer

Imagine that a hostile nation which worships its supreme leader has just won World War III. Your country has been destroyed, and most of your family and many of your closest friends have been lined up and shot.

You and a few friends, however, are among an elite group of young captives selected for future roles in the new government. Your training includes free education at the best universities. Your accommodations and stipends are lavish. The top chef of the conquering nation prepares your meals. You receive new names and are immersed in a new language, new politics, and a new religion.

It doesn’t take long to grasp the survival strategy. Cooperate. Give no offense. Personal expression? Forget it. Say goodbye to cultural pride, religious convictions, even your personal identity. On the surface, you are one of them. Inside? Well, maybe you could occasionally whisper a prayer and recite

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Betsy Mayer is the managing editor of Last Generation magazine.