For thirty years, I have lived among college students, teaching American history, and for the last seventeen years, administering a small New England college. Both jobs have led me to wonder about what makes people tick and about the things that help them, myself included, to tick better. If you and I design a ship, we have to plan not merely for the light airs of an August afternoon, but for the full gales of mid-winter. We provide the safety factor from the outset. How can we best provide that safety factor in our own lives and in the lives of American youth? I believe the answer lies in a liberal education, combined with religious experience.