Yes Wisconsin, there is a Sun!!!!

Originally Published 6.26.14  Republished 11.16

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Wisconsin, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. They do not believe except they see. They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their little minds. All minds, Wisconsin, whether they be men’s or children’s, are little. In this great universe of ours, man is a mere insect, an ant, in his intellect as compared with the boundless world about him, as measured by the intelligence capable of grasping the whole of truth and knowledge.

Yes, Wisconsin, there is a Sun. It exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! how dreary would be the world if there were no Sun! It would be as dreary as if there were no Wisconsins. There would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence. We should have no enjoyment, except in sense and sight. The eternal light with which childhood fills the world would be extinguished.

Not believe in The Sun! You might as well not believe in fairies. You might get your papa to hire men to fly above and behind the clouds, but even if you did not see the Sun, what would that prove?  When no one sees The Sun, but that is no sign that there is no Sun. The most real things in the world are those that neither children nor men can see. Did you ever see fairies dancing on the lawn? Of course not, but that’s no proof that they are not there. Nobody can conceive or imagine all the wonders there are unseen and unseeable in the world.

You tear apart the baby’s rattle and see what makes the noise inside, but there is a veil covering the unseen world which not the strongest man, nor even the united strength of all the strongest men that ever lived could tear apart. Only faith, poetry, love, romance, can push aside that curtain and view and picture the supernal beauty and glory beyond. Is it all real? Ah, Wisconsin, in all this world there is nothing else real and abiding.

No Sun! Thank goodness it shines forever. A thousand years from now, Wisconsin, nay 10 times 10,000 years from now, it will continue to make glad the heart of childhood.

Enjoy this day sunny Wisconsin!   Love to All!

 

By Francis P. Church, first published in The New York Sun in 1897 with some literary liberties taken for the purpose of this article.