By Jacques Barzun
Twelve essays exploring points of literacy and artwork feedback, retrospective sociology and the results of relativism on ethical habit.
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He left the beach for twelve years and became a minister for a Baptist church in Fort Lauderdale. His official title was Minister to Senior Adults, but he also spent a lot of time ministering to dying AIDS victims. Fort Lauderdale has never been a bastion of chastity; few know this better than Erik. Some AIDS victims accepted the Lord in their last moments; others told God, and Erik, to fuck themselves. This Erik could handle. But then the church built itself a new and overly grand home and strayed away from ministering, focusing less on helping people and more on raising funds.
The world seemed to be sliding with exponential speed into a cesspool of trouble and inhumanity: terrorism, murder, corporate fraud, addict mothers, absent fathers, feral children with no ties and even less conscience. The woeful list is long and familiar to anyone who reads today’s news. I still believe most of the world isn’t like this, only that the clamor and flash of mayhem and mistrust have drowned out the better behavior of the world at large. It is simplistic, but I believe it to be true.
Right, mouthed my advisers, though their eyes regarded me sadly. One friend thought I was writing a travel guide to winter beaches, a sort of Lonely Planet triptik to beaches Jack London might enjoy. Old Orchard Beach is a well-kept secret in January. You’ll be charmed at how nothing is open, the sand cracks underfoot, and the bitter wind drives sand between your teeth. ” he said testily, annoyed by my enthusiasm. ” Precisely, I thought, and this trip will unveil these alluring enticements and others, glorious and unexpected.