Two cruel words

I have often felt that if and only can be two of the cruellest words in the English Language. Listen to them on the lips of Mary when Jesus arrives after the death of her brother. Listen to them on the lips of those whose loved ones chose to go to work in the Twin Towers on September 11th 2001.

When you have done that, look at them on the top of this early Titanic infographic from April 27th 1912. As Ecclesisates says, ‘there is nothing new under the sun’.