Sad though it is, man has seldom had much trouble killing his youngest fellows. If the ancient Spartans perceived any imperfection in a child, for instance, they would “expose” him, which amounted to leaving the child somewhere, perhaps a hillside, to die.
This weekend I saw Angels & Demons, the controversial film directed by Ron Howard and based on Dan Brown’s book by the same name. The movie is a sequel to the equally controversial The Da Vinci Code, also directed by Howard and written by Brown.
The tag line for the new movie The International runs: "They control your money. They control your government. They control your life. And everybody pays." This resonates with many Americans who, regardless of where they fall on the political spectrum, sense at some level that there is an establishment — corporate and banking elites working together to influence national and international affairs, often at odds with the best interests of the country and its people.
It has to be more than obvious to any casual observer that many marriages these days are in trouble. The high rates of separation and divorce lead one to conclude that many couples no longer respect and obey the enduring “until death do us part,” portion of their marriage vows, even though most contracted them in front of, and asked blessings from, God. It’s also glaringly obvious that some couples cannot distinguish between lust and love, entering into marriages that are doomed to failure when the lust runs out. And some are just plain in love with the idea of having a wedding, being caught up in the sights, sounds, trimmings, and festivities of the event, blind to the realities of the future: the duties, dignity, and sanctity of a life-long commitment ordained by God.