The Consolation of Philosophy is Hard, but Good (I/III)

I. Two Truths: For the Overly Sad or the Overly Cheerful One cause of our sorrow is  we forget our true natures. If we think “we are just no good,” we lie. If we think we “should do as we will,” then we lie. Much of our sorrow comes from forgetting the truth. We are [Read More…]

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The Worst Argument about Morality on the Internet?

Take an issue, any issue. If you make an argument or state an opinion about that issue, let’s call it X, somebody somewhere who agrees with you on the immorality of X, but wants to do X, will say: “How can you care about X when Y is so much worse?” A common variation is [Read More…]

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What will she do? You must read to lead.

Hope and I got to chat with a nice group of young adults from affluent families. They found out I write things . . . even books . . . and all of them said: “That is so boring!” They could not believe that people were still bothering to write books. Assuming these nice kids [Read More…]

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Decadence and Innocence

Today I sat between innocence and decadence. On my right, Hope and  I could hear children playing and enjoying sunshine, water, and creation. They were happy. On my left, we listened to two men who left their wives for each other and heard their complaints, their continued insatiable desires, and endless (loud) facile excuses for [Read More…]

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Three Ways Not To Start a Dialog

If you wish to get into a fight during dialog with a significant other or as the mattress commercials call them “your bed partner,” here are three ways to do so. In fact, after leading and participating in hundreds of Socratic conversations at the college level, I am confident that these conversation starters not only [Read More…]

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An Independent People With Something to Say Worth Hearing

He was, he told us, the descendant of the slaves pictured in his national museum where he had taken us to learn. He said these words with no rancor, instead proud of his nation that the former slaves had created. He wanted to tell us the story of an independent people, the word independent came up often. Anthony* [Read More…]

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In Which A Group of Americans Capture the Spirit of Honduras

Once, not so long ago that I have forgotten the details, we were with a group of people about to disembark to the island of Roatan. When we returned, one brave soul remarked that she was glad to visit Central America for the first time. And it was true that we were on an island [Read More…]

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On Clouds

When I was a boy, I could pass the afternoon just looking at clouds. If Dad had mowed the grass recently, the smell of cut grass was calming and the bank looking down over the river was at just the right angle to see the clouds roll by the house. Los Angeles did not have [Read More…]

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The Constantine Strategy in the Benedict Option!

Civilizations usually muddle through except when they do not. What happens when the center does not hold? The rightwing becomes reactionary and the leftwing revolutionary. Madness seizes society and younger people think anything is better than what exists. This is rarely true and the anything that happens next is generally much worse than what came [Read More…]

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Just be Practical: Do Science, Have a Mind

“Faith” can be used to escape from reason and wisdom, but should not be. Even a leading atheist can agree that some kinds of theism are on team reason and that some kinds of atheists are not! This is good news and is a hopeful sign in our very divided Republic. I am thankful for [Read More…]

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