Here’s how this week’s arts and culture column begins:

For years I barely dipped into the news. Even now I’m pretty sure I’ve never heard Joe Biden’s voice, nor the voice of the three presidents before him. I’m a little more on top of things these days, but I’m not sure it’s done me much good.

As St. Paul observed, you can do all kinds of things — erect cities, amass money and power, develop huge military might — but without love, it all amounts to the noise of a hollow gong or clashing cymbal (1 Cor. 13:1).

You don’t have to know the particulars to grasp that we seem to be a civilization hitting bottom, much like an alcoholic in the late stage of her disease.


8 Replies to “BRING BACK MIRTH!”

  1. Teresa G. says: Reply

    I loved this piece Heather! It’s the encouragement I need to turn off social media and face my own life. Also to reread that parable of the vine! Thank you for being a voice that reached me in my isolation today.

    1. HEATHER KING says: Reply

      Wonderful, Teresa, I’m so glad…

  2. Anonymous says: Reply

    Thanks Heather! I haven’t read any Chesterton but I think I need to!

    1. HEATHER KING says: Reply

      He’s very accessible–I had to shorten that last passage considerably but it is brilliant–

  3. Melanie Poser says: Reply

    So beautiful, thank you Heather. I always feel better after reading your blog.

    1. HEATHER KING says: Reply

      Well, mission accomplished, Melanie!

  4. This is a lovely post, Heather, and I especially liked the description of your universe. But I don’t think you should underestimate your ability to be a positive influence and a voice of hope. That’s why I follow your blog.

    1. HEATHER KING says: Reply

      That’s the spirit, Nicky–good to hear, and thanks so very much!