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Dealing with Visual Noise

“There does exist something like visual noise, which just like the acoustical counterpart, makes clear perception impossible. One might perhaps presume the TV watchers, tabloid readers, and movie goers exercise and sharpen their eyes. But the opposite is true. The...

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The Ability to See with Our Own Eyes

“Man’s ability to see is in decline. Those who nowadays concern themselves with culture and education will experience this fact again and again. We do not mean here, of course, the physiological sensitivity of the human eye. We mean here the spiritual capacity to...

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Saying No to Alexa

“Man is the only animal nature has endowed with the gift of speech.” Aristotle, Politics It is estimated that almost a quarter of American homes have a voice-enabled ‘smart speaker,’ and experts predict that over half of households will within a few years. The lion’s...

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In Defense of New Year’s Resolutions

“For not to go only, but to enter there, was naught else but to will to go, but to will it resolutely and thoroughly; not to stagger and sway about this way and that, a changeable and half-wounded will, wrestling, with one part falling as another rose. The mind...

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A Bright Lesson from Christmas Depression

“But a natural desire cannot be in vain.” Thomas Aquinas, Summa theologiae VIDEO FOLLOWED BY DISTINCT WRITTEN REFLECTION For those of us with some length of life experience, Christmas comes to be associated with suffering—whether our own or that of others we know....

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A Virtue for the Holy Days

“Now we have said generally that the man with this virtue will associate with people in the right way [in gatherings and in social life]; but it is by reference to what is honorable and expedient that he will aim at not giving pain or at contributing pleasure. For he...

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Eating Like a Human

“He ate just enough food to make eating a pleasure, and he was so ready for his food that he found appetite the best sauce.” “He resisted without difficulty the common temptation to exceed the limit of satiety; and he advised those who could not do likewise to avoid...

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Keeping Traditional Observances

“...anyone who carelessly rejects the external traditions or treats them with irony is doing something dangerous.” Josef Pieper "Indeed, modern men, who lack such things, lack sustenance, and our fathers who founded all those ritual observances were very wise."...

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Directing Our Conversation

“Socrates’ own conversation was ever of human matters. Investigating what is pious, what is impious; what is beautiful, what is ugly; what is just, what is unjust; what is prudence, what is madness…

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Grandpa’s Stories at Thanksgiving

“So take refreshment, take your ease in hall, and cheer the time with stories. I’ll begin. Not that I think of naming, far less telling, every feat of that rugged man, Odysseus, but here is something that he dared to do…” Helen of Troy, in Homer, The Odyssey VIDEO,...

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The Gift of Hunting

“Shepherds, ...fishers, and hunters have increase of food spontaneously from nature, not from barter or commerce...Domestic animals are for both the use and the food they provide, and most but not all wild animals are for the sake of food and other uses... Therefore,...

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A House: A Permanent Monument

“A magnificent man will also furnish his house suitably to his wealth, for even a house is a sort of public ornament, and will spend by preference on those works that are lasting, for these are the most beautiful.” Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics At root wealth always...

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