Sunday, December 19, 2010

Play Medal Of Honour Without Cd

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.

As in previous years, bring back the famous editorial page of The New York Sun, 1897.

We are pleased to answer the letter transcribed below, expressing at the same time, our appreciation for the fact that its author is among the friends of Sun :

" Mr. Director:

I have 8 years. Some of my friends say that Santa Claus does not exist. Dad says, 'If you say the Sun , yes. " Please tell me the truth, is there a Santa Claus?

V irginia
O'Hanlon "

" Virginia, your little friends are wrong. Have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. They do not believe what they see. Believe that there can be anything that is not captured by their little minds.
All minds, Virginia, whether they be men's or children's, are little. In this great universe of ours man is just an insect, an ant as far as intellect is concerned, compared with the boundless world around him, compared with the intelligence capable of grasping the truth and full knowledge.
Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. So true that there exists as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life's greatest charms and joys. God, what a sad world if there were no Santa Claus! Would as dreary as if there were no Virginias. There would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence. We would have no joy, except in sense and sight. The light with which childhood fills the world would be extinguished.
not believe in Santa Claus! You could just as well not believe in fairies. You could get your father to hire men to review all the chimneys on Christmas Eve to catch Santa Claus, but even if you did not see Santa Claus coming down the chimney, what would that prove? Nobody sees Santa Claus, but that does not mean that Santa Claus does not exist. The most real things in the world are those that neither children nor men can see. Have you ever seen him fairies dancing on the lawn? Of course not, but that is not proof that they are not there. Nobody can conceive or imagine all the wonders that are neither seen nor visible in the world.
If you break the rattle of a child can see what makes the noise inside, but there is a veil covering the unseen world which can not be broken nor the strongest man or by joining forces of all the strongest men that ever lived. Only faith, poetry, love, romance can lift that veil and see and describe the glory and the supreme beauty behind it. Is that real? Ah, Virginia, around the world there is nothing that is more real and permanent. That there is no Santa Claus! Thank God there is and always. In a thousand years, Virginia, no, ten times ten thousand years, will continue making happy the heart of children. "

In autumn 1897, Virginia O'Hanlon, age eight, she asked her father whether Santa Claus really existed and he advised his daughter asked the Sun. Many years later, the same Virginia recounted the events:
"Of course I believe in Santa Claus, I never cheated. But when other less fortunate children told me that Santa Claus did not exist, I hesitated and asked my father. It was the custom in our family column write the Q & The Sun newspaper when any questions arose about how to pronounce a word or questioning a historical event. My father always said 'if you say the Sun , yes', and this settled the matter.
"Well, I'll write to Sun and find out the truth," I told my father.

"He said, 'Do it, Virginia. I'm sure the Sun give you the correct answer, as does siempre’.
Así que Virginia escribió al Sun , siguiendo el consejo de su padre.

Su carta llegó a manos de un editorialista veterano, Francis P. Church , reportero del New York Times durante la guerra civil americana que por aquel entonces llevaba 20 años trabajando en el New York Sun escribiendo los editoriales de manera anónima . Church, cuyo lema personal era " Esfuérzate por limpiar tu mente de hipocresías ", se encontró con la responsabilidad de responder la carta de Virginia y supo que no podía evitar la pregunta. Debía contestar, y debía contestar honestamente. His response is one of the most memorable editorials in the history of journalism.

Merry Christmas!

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