The Rarity of the God-Fearing Man by Russell Kirk
The Rarity of the God-Fearing Man
by Russell Kirk
A Michigan farmer, some years ago, climbed to the
roof of his silo, and there he painted, in great red letters that the Deity
could see, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.” These
words are on that roof yet. When in his cups, which was often enough, that farmer
thrashed his daughter to fill her with a holy terror.
In his way, I suppose, the drunken brute did fear God. Surviving the thrashings,
his daughter grew to be a woman; and though she did not much fancy her father’s
company, she lived as decent a life as most. Her upbringing, bad though it was,
may have been better than the formative years of the average American child nowadays,
“permissively” reared. To th . . .
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