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What am I?

“The man who makes the acquisition of wealth the goal and ultimatum of his life, seeing it as an end rather than a means to an end, is not true. Why does the world usually make wealth the criterion of … Continue reading

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Polished to Perfection

“A gem cannot be polished without friction, nor a man perfected without trials.” – Seneca While I am not so sure that our trials in life are deliberately imposed upon us as a test of our character or will intentionally … Continue reading

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The Child of Liberalism

Anyone interested in what shaped the United States’ founding generation’s views on human nature, virtue and purpose ought to read Carl J. Richard’s The Founders and the Classics: Greece, Rome and the American Enlightenment. Richard’s comprehensive study of the founders’ … Continue reading

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The Open Doors

The first step to effective problem-solving is to realize that a problem is nothing more than an unassembled solution. The more challenging problems typically require more intricate solutions, yet on occasion you might have the good fortune to resolve a … Continue reading

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The Civility Deficit

“There can be no high civility without a deep morality.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson Civility is a virtue that marks the Golden Mean between barbarousness and glibness or superficial politeness. In early use, the term denoted the state of being … Continue reading

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The Purpose of Mankind

What would you say is the purpose of mankind? I had a fascinating conversation yesterday with a friend of mine about classical education, 18th and 19th century American history, the great pendulum upon which humanity seems to swing and finally, … Continue reading

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