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Defending Your Right Not to Know

Defending Your Right Not to Know

“…or we may witness shameless intrusion on the privacy of well-known people under the slogan: ‘Everyone is entitled to know everything.’ But this is a false slogan, characteristic of a false era. People also have the right not to know and it's a much more valuable...

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Mulch: Using Nature’s Plan for Life

Mulch: Using Nature’s Plan for Life

“Art imitates nature.” Aristotle VIDEO FOLLOWED BY DISTINCT WRITTEN REFLECTION This growing season was dry. A number of trees, not to mention my garden, suffered. Upon seeing them losing leaves in early September, I asked my local state forester to look at my trees,...

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Two Reasons to Take Cool Showers

Two Reasons to Take Cool Showers

“All these things are interconnected.” Xenophon, The Estate Manager This is one of my all-time favorite quotations. It speaks to so many things. The original context in Xenophon is Ischomachus reporting how he would put his horse through its paces while riding over...

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Living as a Household of One

Living as a Household of One

“…and the association of living beings who have this sense—of good and evil—make a household…” Aristotle, Politics The fact is that many people today end up living in a house alone. Sometimes it is by choice. Other times it is surely not, and the house has echoes of...

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Restoring Respect for Elders

Restoring Respect for Elders

“Might we not say that filial piety and respect for elders constitute the root of Goodness.” Confucius, The Analects The alienation between young and old is at times palpable. It’s not usually open disdain or hostility. Rather there is a real disconnect, as each group...

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The Amazing Gift of Gratitude

The Amazing Gift of Gratitude

‘Do you wish to repay a favor? Receive it graciously.’ Seneca, De Beneficiis There is usually more than meets the eye in the wonderful realm of benefaction-- doing favors or good deeds for others. In any benefaction freely given there is the possibility of a unique...

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An Amazing Connection: Education and Leisure

An Amazing Connection: Education and Leisure

“It is clear then that there are branches of learning and education that we must study merely with a view to leisure spent in intellectual activity, and these are to be valued for their own sake.” “And therefore our fathers admitted music into education…” Aristotle,...

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Fostering Leisure

Fostering Leisure

“And happiness is thought to depend on leisure; for we are busy that we may have leisure… but the activity of reason, which is contemplative, seems both to be superior in serious worth and to aim at no end beyond itself, and to have its pleasure proper to itself, and...

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The Difference between Leisure and Amusement

The Difference between Leisure and Amusement

“Leisure is better than work and is its end; and therefore the question must be asked, what ought we to do when at leisure? Clearly we ought not to be amusing ourselves, for then amusement would be the end of life…” Aristotle, Politics Sometimes a distinction in terms...

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The Leisure Question: A Series

The Leisure Question: A Series

“And happiness is thought to depend on leisure; for we are busy that we may have leisure…” Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics Most of us can benefit from taking some time to think about the nature of leisure and its place in our lives. Let us begin with a distinction to...

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Seeing Marriage as Natural

Seeing Marriage as Natural

“Marriage, if anything, is manifestly in accord with nature.” Musonius Rufus ‘In accord with nature’ or ‘natural:’ clearly this notion captures something primordial, almost beyond explanation. We say of a graceful ballerina that her movement looks effortless and...

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Why We Must Start Planting, Again

Why We Must Start Planting, Again

“Of the art of acquisition [of food] then there is one kind which by nature is a part of the management of a household, in so far as the art of household management must either find ready to hand, or itself provide, such things necessary to life…” Aristotle, Politics...

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