No matter how we look at it, the counsel to "follow your heart, not your head" is a confused and absurd proposition that is entirely unworkable.
Five years ago today (one day after 9/11s fifth anniversary), a soft-spoken, 79-year-old former professor visiting his old university in Germany delivered a speech to a group of academics. In 30 minutes, it was all over. forty-eight hours later, the world exploded.
Pope John Paul II put his finger on a problem typical of our time, namely, that people think that they can do lots of bad things while still remaining, deep down, "good persons," as though their characters are separable from the particular things that they do.
Well, we've been talking about beauty. Let's talk more about the beauty of language, and thus talk a little more about language.
During the Second World War, Peter Marshall, a brash young preacher at the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church, the toniest Protestant church in the nations capital, decided to let a newly married serviceman and his wife use a room on the church grounds for their wedding night.