What Is Real And What Is Not

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Weekly commentary by Chief Washington Correspondent Bob Schieffer.
On Face The Nation, our guests talk about the big issues, and do they talk, with
common sense sometimes, with bombast sometimes and sometimes with the artful dodge.

But in the Valentine season, we remember what really makes the world go 'round, yet it requires few words to express. The most powerful sentence in the English language, after all, is one of the shortest: 'I love you.' So with a little rhyme, we reflect today on this invisible force in what is real and what is not.

A child's question asked of me, `If I can't see it, can it be? I see my toy. I know it's there. I feel my arm. I touch my hair. These are things I know to be, but are there things I cannot see? What of the wind? Where does it go? And are there other things to know?'

`Oh, yes, my dear, and soon you'll find they're locked inside the heart and mind. Sweet love's desire, a mother's prayer, more real than all we see out there, more real than sun and moon and rain, at first, much harder to explain. The only thing that I can say, I say it now in just this way: What is real and what is not? Love is real. The rest is not.'

Happy Valentine.


By Bob Schieffer
  • Bootie Cosgrove-Mather

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