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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

On Seeing

Exhibit 1:

Even after you see it, it is still hard to believe!

This is a channel-bridge over the River Elbe and joins the former East and West Germany, as part of the unification project.  It is located in the city of Magdeburg, near Berlin… The Magdeburg Water Bridge is a navigable aqueduct in Germany that connects the Elbe-Havel Canal to the Mittelland Canal, and allows ships to cross over the Elbe River. At 918 meters, it is the longest navigable aqueduct in the world.

Exhibit 2:

"Goodbye," said the fox.  "And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly--what is essential is invisible to the eye."  From The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery.


The Magdeburg Water Bridge stands in magnificence not because of what can be seen, but what cannot be seen.  It is not the concrete, but rather the abstractions that make it feasible.  The abstract, the intangibles are the great facilitators, the great enablers of all things tangible.  One day the Magdeburg Water Bridge will exist no more, but the abstractions, the intangibles that made it possible will exist forever—forever vital, forever young.


Just so, we should structure our lives conforming to eternal verities.  And the most important of these is the disciplines of objective love, the ever vital facilitator by which we participate in the long-run.

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