God: Think Great

God is great. How great? Think great and then imagine greater. There is no possible world where God does not exist and no human that God does not love. You and I might not have been born, but now that we are born, we exist. Nothing can change that. There was a time when it [Read More…]

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A Prayer, A Meditation, a Discourse

Prayer as Necessary to the Dialectic  Today just for once I would like to pray well, meditate deeply, and discourse sincerely. These are all hard to do and doing all at once seems even harder, but this (perhaps!) has been my problem. Prayer is not meditation is not discourse, but the man who can pray [Read More…]

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Never, Ever, Every Hire This Man: On George B. McClellan

  If you are hiring a leader, avoid one type more than (almost) any other. Do not ever hire George B. McClellan to run your university, church, or non-profit. If so, you will regret it every day. If you presently work for McClellan, flee. Do not pass “Go.” Do not collect two hundred dollars. Flee. [Read More…]

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On Moral Advice: The Particular Need Not be Universal

The Saint Constantine School is starting a shooting team, but I will not be a coach. Why? I am too absent minded to be a good trainer when it comes to firearms. My shooting ability is limited any way and it would not be wise for me to pretend more expertise than I have. My [Read More…]

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On Killing Whales and Americans or Shut Up and Just Kill the Whale (3/3)

Moby Dick is one of the great American books and a good place to start for lessons for our time. The text wrestles with God, man, race, religion, social classes and has the wit to say: So ignorant are most landsmen of some of the plainest and most palpable wonders of the world, that without [Read More…]

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Today I Go to the Circus

Right after I write this, I will go the circus and I hope to learn something from the experience of the Big Top while I still can. I have been to Ringling Brothers and Barnum Bailey Circus twice, once as a child and once as a parent of children. I have also been to a few [Read More…]

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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 (II/III)

We need to know ourselves to do philosophy, that is the lesson of Socrates. We must know our nature to be happy, that is the message of Philosophy. We must know God to incarnate, to live, either truth. That is Jesus. The good news allows us to hear some difficult truths without despair. We can know [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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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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