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you mean Abraham's bosom, don't you?"
"Well," she said, "if you had been
single as long as I have, it wouldn't matter much whose bosom it was."
I say we have to get adjusted to these
conditions. But the war isn't the end of
the world. I like to think tonight of
those things which have made this Fraternity strong through almost a century
now, and which will continue to make
her strong in the future.
I heard Bishop McConnell say some
time ago that he left Brooklyn to take the
presidency of DePauw University because his wife wanted to raise some
poultry. So he established a poultry yard
and he said he had always been taught
theoretically that the rooster crowed because he saw the first signs of the dawn
and in that poultry yard there was a
rooster that crowed every morning about
two o'clock, so he thought he would
stay up to see what caused that rooster
to crow. He did and at two o'clock the
rooster crowed lustily. But he said it
wasn't the first rays of the dawn that he
saw; it was simply the headlight of the
last interurban car from Indianapolis.
Well, we mustn't mistake the headlights of every passing car for the dawn
of a new day, nor must we think that
every crash of defeat is the crack of doom.
There are things which will go on. One
of those things is the invisibles of life.
When Hitler entered Paris, the New
York Times had an editorial in which it
said that Hitler with his robber battalions had not conquered the real Paris,
the Paris that gave birth to democracy,
that gave birth in such strong degree to
the arts, that Paris of light and joy and
spiritual flux. They said, "That Paris
will never be Hitler's."
Did you read in the Atlantic Monthly
in July that article by the distinguished
British jurist in which he said that the
area of human beings can be divided into
three spheres? On the one side is the
sphere of positive law, things that we
can legislate about. On the other extreme
side is the sphere of positive liberty,
things about which no laws can be
passed, freedom of conscience, the right
to marry the object of one's love. But
between those two spheres, one the positive law and the other the positive
liberty, is the realm that he called the
domain of obedience to the unenforceable, that region of conduct where a
man does a thing that no one else forces
him to do, that realm in which lie the
sense of honor, the sense of fair play,
sympathy and understanding, that region
which a fraternity exists to maintain on
a campus, a region which must be maintained if democracy is to be maintained;
for, as the article said, if we can't keep
that region of obedience to the unenforceable, what will happen? The realm
of positive law will encroach, as it is
doing in the totalitarian states, until at
last we have no liberty.
We must, I am sure we shall, maintain
the great invisibles of life.
And the second thing we will keep on
with, or try to keep on with, is what I
might call the invaluables of life. Every
one of us in the immediate war wants to
do something valuable. I heard of a
lady who came to the Office of Civilian
Defense and said she wanted to be an air
raid siren. We all want to do something.
But there are other values you can't
lay your hands on, you can't measure,
the very thing we saw tonight in that
ceremony that Dean Hoffman conducted.
I liked the paragraph in President
Caches' report in which he thought it
would be a fine thing if at every chapter
meeting there could be read the Bond.
I am one of the oung men at this table,
as you can very readily see, but I did
know Founder Lindley. Father Lindley
never had vast property. Father Lindley
was one of God's noblemen who in that
locality radiated an influence that no
man can measure. It is that thing that
has made A 0; it is that thing that has
There is more satisfaction in life in
what we belong to than in what belongs
to us, because we never really get what