To the Editor:

Every couple of weeks, my usual stack of junk mail contains something of value. No, not coupons. I am talking about The Bluffton Sun. In the March 3 edition, I enjoyed reading about how a Vietnam veteran with a criminal past turned his life around.

I also enjoyed a letter to the editor by Earle Everett that reminded me to “pay attention” to the present moment and respond in a positive way.

Then I moved on to the editor’s Sunny Side Up column. Lynne Cope Hummell can nail down a serious topic with just the right amount of humor. Her latest article compared her terrarium-making days in elementary school to the advanced sciences being taught today as early as the first grade.

It made me reflect on whether the “STEM” was still attached to the “CORE.” And I do not mean this in an academic sense, but more of a spiritual one. I wondered if admission into heaven will one day be based on reciting some scientific formula. If so, I’m doomed.

No, I have nothing against the hard sciences. Through them, one can recognize the strict and unchangeable Laws of Nature formed by the Creative Will of God. Used in the right way, they can benefit humanity or… bring about its destruction.

If a child’s education lacks a balance between intellectual skills and a deep appreciation for the wonders of nature, the core will rot and the stem will perish. I’ll take the terrarium!

Gene Ceccarelli

Sun City Hilton Head