To Savor or To Save?

E.B. White, in an interview with The New York Times in 1969, said:

If the world were merely seductive, that would be easy. If it were merely challenging, that would be no problem. But I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve (or save) the world and a desire to enjoy (or savor) the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.

Those are the words of a kindred spirit. There’s something about beauty that is at once inspiring and heartbreaking. When I see something beautiful, I feel an immediate impulse to rejoice, and a simultaneous impulse to preserve it. To strengthen the things that remain.

A crumbling Cathedral in Nicaragua.

Photo by Fritz Liedtke. You can see more of Fritz’s work at these links:
www.fritzphoto.com
www.fritzphoto.com/arts
Visit the blog: www.fritzphoto.com/blog
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About Jeffrey Overstreet

Jeffrey Overstreet has two passions: writing fiction, and celebrating art — music, cinema, photography, literature — through writing and teaching. He is the author of a “memoir of dangerous moviegoing” — Through a Screen Darkly. And his four-novel fantasy series, The Auralia Thread, which begins with Auralia's Colors, was published by Random House. He speaks at universities and conferences around the world about understanding art through eyes of faith. He is earning his MFA in Creative Writing at Seattle Pacific University, where he has worked for 11 years as an editor, writer, and communications project manager. His work has been recognized in The New Yorker, TIME, The Seattle Times, IMAGE, Ravi Zacharias International — and Christianity Today, where he served as a film journalist for more than a decade. He recently began a weekly column called "Listening Closer" for Christ and Pop Culture.


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