I subscribe to a blog called www.lettersofnote.com, which publishes noteworthy letters of correspondence from historically significant individuals. Last week, a letter was posted that was written by Ronald Reagan to his son Michael Reagan regarding fatherly advice for his son’s impending marriage.
I count myself among the throngs of Reagan admirers throughout the years. This deeply thoughtful and insightful letter reminds me of the reasons he remains a beloved figure to so many.
Highlighted in the letter are the eloquence of Reagan's writing, the wise advise of a man who knows intimately the fruits born of character and integrity, and a casual exposition of the dead-end thinking of fools . We glimpse the tender council of a "father to a son," in which Reagan faithfully provides steady guidance, like the rutter of a ship through deep waters.
Were we all to have such a father, I suspect things would be different in the world today. Perhaps the words "honor," "faithfulness," and "integrity" would replace the constant hum of mocking cynicism, creating an opportunity for the forgotten prose of morality and civility to return to their proper places on the cultural landscape.