Tuesday, May 19, 2009

What We Believe

Interesting project that's been ongoing since the 1950s  -- This I believe -- Discusses the rang of beliefs/core values of Americans across the country.

Here's a part of John Updike's 2005 submission from his essay:: Testing the Limits of What I Know and Feel

"A person believes various things at various times, even on the same day. At the age of 73, I seem most instinctively to believe in the human value of creative writing, whether in the form of verse or fiction, as a mode of truth-telling, self-expression and homage to the twin miracles of creation and consciousness. The special value of these indirect methods of communication — as opposed to the value of factual reporting and analysis — is one of precision. Oddly enough, the story or poem brings us closer to the actual texture and intricacy of experience.."

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