When Zac Sunderland is a hundred years old, that is how he might begin the story he tells his great great grandchildren. But right now, he’s only 17, and at this moment he is in the North Pacific Ocean.
Manners are of more importance than law…. The law touches us but here and there and now and then. Manners are what vex or soothe, corrupt or purify, exalt or debase, barbarize or refine us, by a constant, steady, uniform and insensible operation like that of the air we breathe in.
From Edmund Burke’s “Letters on a Regicide Peace”