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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