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Truly Light the World

In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I do not shrink from this responsibility–I welcome it. I do not believe that any of us would exchange places with any other people or any other generation. The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this endeavor will light our country and all who serve it–and the glow from that fire can truly light the world.

And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you–ask what you can do for your country.

John F Kennedy, Inaugural Address, 1961

July 4th: “That Which Makes Life Worthwhile”

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Au Sable River, Michigan

On this 4th of July, a few words on America’s real wealth, from Robert Kennedy in his 1968 presidential campaign:

Yet the gross national product does not allow for the health of our children, the quality of their education or the joy of their play. It does not include the beauty of our poetry or the strength of our marriages, the intelligence of our public debate or the integrity of our public officials.

The GNP measures neither our wit nor our courage, neither our wisdom nor our learning, neither our compassion nor our devotion to our country, it measures everything in short, except that which makes life worthwhile.

And it can tell us everything about America except why we are proud that we are Americans.

The Glow from that Fire Can Truly Light the World

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In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I do not shrink from this responsibility–I welcome it. I do not believe that any of us would exchange places with any other people or any other generation.

The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this endeavor will light our country and all who serve it–and the glow from that fire can truly light the world.

John F. Kennedy, Inaugural Address, 1961

A reminder that U.S. politics was not always such a dystopian affair.  As the Chinese proverb goes, the times truly call forth heroes.

Faith Falters in Our Political Wilderness

The sepia-toned glow from a story two millennia distant may cast today’s events in a new light. Such is the brief, but illuminating tale of the two disciples on the road to Emmaus in the final chapter of the Gospel of Luke.

It is the first Easter and two men are walking the dusty road from Jerusalem to a small village. Continue reading