Friday, 18 November 2011 00:00
In “The Screwtape Letters,” C.S. Lewis’ witty fictional depiction of the devil, he suggests that Satan’s best weapon is apathy. Indeed, the devil himself says that his work is easiest when people don’t believe he exists.
Friday, 11 November 2011 00:00
In the story “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” Willy Wonka searches the land for someone he can give his chocolate factory to. He doesn’t want just anyone; he wants someone who shares his vision of candy as a source of humor and joy; and of work as a promoter of humanity and dignity.
Friday, 28 October 2011 00:00
We recently remodeled our entire house, and with all the new stuff came a lot of new rules for the family. For example, since our carpet is now beautiful and not dirty and frayed, we don’t wear shoes inside. And because we have lovely (and expensive) new furniture, we are not allowed to eat in the family room or living room. No eating or drinking in the bedrooms, either.
Friday, 21 October 2011 00:00
In the movie “City Slickers,” the hero/villain named Curly keeps telling Billy Crystal’s character, who is going through something of a mid-life crisis, “Remember, there’s only one thing.” Curly’s point is that there is really only one thing that matters in life. But he doesn’t say what it is.