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On “Our Great Purpose”

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I was at a loss to think of what I could possibly add to all the dreadful news this last week, I always have a few columns in various stages of preparation.  None seemed appropriate amid all the disheartening developments. I experienced revulsion one day, schadenfreude the next, genuine pity the day after. In desperation, I tried to make something out of the decision last month by the German Parliament to turn the inner border that split the nation for 45 years into a narrow national park for hikers and cyclists – an 870-mile-long green zone. No luck. Then I