I spent the last week in Boston on vacation – touring historic sites and exploring the city. These are some of the things I learned:
- Beauty is essential. We may not always miss its absence, but it delights and feeds us. Every so often, we need things that take our breath away.
- “High church, all the “bells and smells” of formal worship, has liturgical meaning that draws people into the presence of God. It’s more than ritual; it’s drama, enacted on a sacred stage. I think the same is true of good politics.
- The past really is prologue. History is really biography.
- Creation never really ends. Democracy, nation-states, architecture, gardens and self portraits, are works in progress. They demand the best of our imaginations and attention.
- The Freedom Trail, on which tourist can visit 14 sites by traveling a red line painted on the sidewalks and streets, is a great idea. Sometimes we might all benefit from having our own freedom trails, clearly defined lines that direct us to independence and the fulfilling of our destiny.
- Not everyone looks twice at people in tri-corn hats and pantaloons.
- Some ideas are worth dying for. Some are worth living for.
- Communities can create astounding things.
- A grand slam at Fenway Park on a spring evening really is truly a fine thing.
- “C’est mon plaisir” is a good motto.