Our Wills, Our Freedom, and Timelessness (Consolation of Philosophy Summed Up)

We can be happy, though not jolly, regardless of circumstances. Jolliness, a cheerful feeling, is excellent, and we are glad when it comes, but such a feeling cannot and should not stay. We are here in a school for souls, eager to become adults and not children. Adults are independent, love eternal things, and are not slaves [Read More…]

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The Consolation of Philosophy (III/III)

Happiness is the Goal Philosophy gives us a hard truth: money, power, glory, fame cannot make us happy. The entire Earth and all of human history are nothing compared to eternity. God loves us. Jesus entered our history. They have meaning, but they are not enough for a happy life. We need not hate them, [Read More…]

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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 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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The Long Discussion: Such Larks!

Socratic discussion is my life’s work and I am going to dialog with a religious skeptic today. Of course, I dialog with religious skeptics most days, I am a teacher with all sorts of students. As a follower of Socrates, I am also skeptical myself, properly understood, about everything including my own religion! This is [Read More…]

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Malory and Machiavelli: Just Now We Need Both

Just as Malory was ending, Machiavelli was beginning and that is as good a summary as any about the choices in politics. Where Malory ends, Machiavelli begins, but a stable body politic will have both. Too often we dismiss Malory as a mere dreamer of a golden age, of Arthur and Camelot, while Machiavelli is [Read More…]

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Forgiveness is Not Cheap

Charlotte Bronte was right: forgiveness is the mightiest sword. Forgiveness cuts away the hate and leaves us dead to evil and alive to God. We are starting Lent this week: a time to focus on our own sins and not on the sins of others. Christianity teaches us to love our enemies  and to be forgiving.  Forgiveness is [Read More…]

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In Which Hugh Hewitt Meets a Live Blog for His Fourth Way

If there is a new Bill Buckley, his name is Hugh Hewitt. He is a calm and thoughtful voice and if he is partisan, then it is with good cheer. He bets his hopes and not his fears. I was (and remain) NeverTrump, part of the loyal opposition of Republican in exile from power. Hewitt [Read More…]

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A Book for this Time: Watership Down

This is not a gentle time. People of the Word turn to words to step back from the events in the hopes of making sense of them. What to read in such a time as this? 1984 is too late, Brave New World still a bit early. Ugly times demand a good work and It [Read More…]

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On Being Margaret: Have Sense and Sensibility

There are three daughters in Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility and on the surface that is one too many. If you have only watched the movie (and it is worth watching), you may not realize the work done by the film to create a character out of Margaret, the book’s forgotten child. For pages of the book, [Read More…]

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