We win! (Or Don’t be Troy)

Just when you think you have won, that is when many people lose. This lesson is as old as Homer, though Virgil told it best. The wealthy, more than a little soft, Trojans held off the Greeks for a decade and then the Greeks went home. After ten years of siege, the party was on. And [Read More…]

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Exegesis of “A Visit from St. Nicholas” or Why Santa is a Spelling Error for Satan

If you have never sent a text to the Boss and had autocorrect change a perfectly normal word to a very bad word, you have not yet known terror. When first it happens, you hope the Boss knows you do not speak that way and that autocorrect does funny things. Imagine the horror, however, if [Read More…]

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We Should Walk and Teach

Why do we sit in rooms when Aristotle walked and talked? Socrates would walk out to the country and dialog. Plato pictured conversations that often were in motion. That was a hard question my students asked and I had no good answer, so we went outside and we walked our fields and talked. One student pointed [Read More…]

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Hume Reminds Me: Take Me as I Am

When it comes to hard thinkers, it is all too easy to read them as judges. Does this guy line up with what I think? If so, then I can strip mine his writing for pithy quotes that make me seem smart! If not, then I can take him down and a critical essay is [Read More…]

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The Matter of Britain: Cheer Up, We are Doomed

The Matter of Britain, the story of King Arthur, has defied great story telling. There are good books about Arthur, Once and Future King is the best, and even a classic, L’Morte d’Arthur, but the story is better than any of the books. Of films and television we should not speak given the generally horrible quality of the [Read More…]

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A Story Will Save Us

A story is powerful enough to make something false appear attractive. Just now I am listening to the soundtrack from Les Miserables and whatever the musical is teaching, I am buying. Why? The story, the music, and the performances are captivating my imagination, conquering my mind, and filling me with passion. That is the power of story, [Read More…]

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Fandoms are the Only Good Video Viewers . . . or Not

Meet a fan of a show like Buffy, Firefly, or Star Trek and a great many people are willing to sneer: “It’s just a television show.” Regular folk look at people who go to TV Land Conventions (ahem) and wonder about their priorities. Yet Plato thinks about education in Republic Book VII and challenges us: most people look [Read More…]

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Living a Good Life in a Real City Requires Thinking

Recently a nice fellow on social media suggested my advice on some practical question proved I should move to the Shire and write books for children and on Plato. I would if I could. The Shire would be an excellent place to live, Thorin and Company always welcome, while the chance to write books for [Read More…]

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A Glutton for Argument: Feast But Do Not Gorge on Words

Argument can help save your soul (by God’s grace) or be a way to damn it. Bad arguments happen when a husband and wife who disagree disagreeably. He cannot see why she cannot see what is obvious while she cannot understand why he does not understand the truth. Each pound away to win. Sometimes one will [Read More…]

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Do Not Expectorate: Confusing Social Norms and Moral Law

My Mother likes to tell us about the noble effort of the town of Clendenin, West Virginia, to stop spitting outside the Smoke Shop.  They put up a sign that said: “Do Not Expectorate,” since a sign that said: “Do Not Spit” would have been vulgar. Needless to say, those old boys at the Smoke Shop [Read More…]

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