I love the idea of preserving our natural and historical treasures for public benefit. Our national parks instill pride and foster community. I’m glad that we have the parks, and I would support even more funding to expand the museums, displays, and preservation efforts of our National Park Service. The federal government does all sorts of silly and harmful things, but spend money on national parks is not one them.
The simple truth is that we could never afford to replicate this house. We benefit greatly from the investments made by previous owners. We have inherited their blood, sweat, and tears. Eventually, new owners will inherit all of that plus our small contribution. Through good stewardship and creative vision, we will pass on a better house than the one we purchased. This is the beauty and allure of an old house.
Smith’s broad point about human nature—that we are what we love, not what we think—is related in part to Russell Kirk’s rejection of ideology. Both men assert that individuals and communities are shaped by our practices, habits, and loves.
Know thyself. Read You are What You Love. I’m aware that this suggestion doesn’t cost me anything, so I have decided to add some skin in the game. I’ll buy you a copy of the book. Though I doubt it will be a problem, I’ll limit the offer to the first 30 people who request one in the comments. You may comment on this post or on my Facebook page. I see this as a small contribution, and I hope to discuss the book with you.
With proper perspective and reflection, short-term mission trips will help you grow as a Christian and will provide a real benefit to those whom you are serving. Don’t mock it until you try it.
Let me begin by saying that Free State of Jones is not an enjoyable movie experience. Free State of Jones is not a Michael Shaara/Jeff Shaara battlefield epic. Like Amistad, Cold Mountain, and Pharaoh’s Army, Free State of Jones asks us to examine and repent of our sins.