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:
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About Jeffrey Overstreet

Jeffrey Overstreet is the author of a “memoir of dangerous moviegoing” called Through a Screen Darkly, and a four-volume series of fantasy novels called The Auralia Thread, which includes Auralia’s Colors, Cyndere’s Midnight, Raven’s Ladder, and The Ale Boy’s Feast. Jeffrey is a contributing editor for Seattle Pacific University’s Response magazine, and he writes about art, faith, and culture for Image, Filmwell, and his own website, LookingCloser.org. His work has also appeared in Paste, Relevant, Books and Culture, and Christianity Today (where he was a film columnist and critic for almost a decade). He lives in Shoreline, Washington. Visit him on Facebook at facebook.com/jeffreyoverstreethq.


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