Keller: you never marry the right person

Tim Keller, on marriage:

In other words, some people in our culture want too much out of a marriage partner. They do not see marriage as two flawed people coming together to create a space of stability, love and consolation, a “haven in a heartless world,” as Christopher Lasch describes it.

The examples he gives are rather trite (which is part of the point, I suppose), but I’m still very interested in his book. And this after only having read one of his articles before this one. His mind leaves a mark.

He continues:

A marriage based not on self-denial but on self-fulfillment will require a low- or no-maintenance partner who meets your needs while making almost no claims on you. Simply put—today people are asking far too much in the marriage partner.

Love grows when you get out of your way.

Aside: Since when does Amazon price their zero-overhead e-books higher than their oh-look-we-manufactured-this hardcover editions?

email, ipods, and netbooks

I’ve had a netbook for nearly two months now, and it’s really cut down on my already abysmal email response/resolution time. While an iPod Touch definitely has its practical limits in terms of browsing and workflow, my seven months of nearly-exclusive mobile browsing on my iPod Touch has really killed the Gmail interface for me for email management.

Example: I triaged and deleted 600+ emails from my inbox tonight within minutes on my iPod, that had been piling up unread since using the netbook.

Experiment: iPod-only for day-to-day email in the next few weeks. Let’s see if this improves my correspondence.