Reading “Love Calls Us to the Things of the World,” I was struck by both the jaded perspective of the narrator and the relentless hope he maintains inspite of that perspective. To me, this is a poem about rising each day to face an imperfect world. The dawn of a new day brings a purity into our lives that is soon corrupted by the evils of the world. Regardless, the narrator faces this corruption with cautious optimism. This attitude reminds me of John Proctor’s stand at the end of The Crucible. Knowing he could not change circumstances around him, he refused to change his own beliefs to fit those circumstances. He refused to stay in bed, if you will. It cost him his life but gave him back his dignity just before the end. I guess the question here is whether we would be able to do the same. When the alarm goes off in the morning, it would be so much easier to stay in bed and away from the world. College life is full of pressure and is not short on corruption. With that said, how many of you share Wilbur’s optimism and Proctor’s conviction? Moreover, is there a reason why you share those values?