“Be patient towards all that is unsolved in your heart..
And try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms, and like books written in a very foreign tongue.
Do not now seek the answers that cannot be given you because you would not be able to live with them.
The point is to live everything. Live the questions now.
Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day in to the answer.”
–Rainer Maria Rilke, “Letters to a Young Poet”
Live the questions. What is this life? What is my purpose here? What happens when we die? Hardin-Simmons University has created an environment where students receive an extraordinary education that integrates universal questions with academics. Our soulful natures cannot be compartmentalized from learning and life, and what enlivens me most about teaching here is that spirituality is integrated into every aspect of campus community. . . and yet is not an imposing force. Hardin-Simmons equips students with the academic and spiritual tools to live out their life passions. I am glad to be back in Abilene town, and I still sing the old song, “Abilene, oh, Abilene…prettiest town I’ve ever seen….”