A Wife: A Good Partner

A Wife: A Good Partner

“My opinion is that when a wife is a good partner in the house, her contribution is just as beneficial as the husband’s. …if both of these jobs are done well the household flourishes; but if they are done badly, households suffer.” Socrates, in Xenophon, The Estate...
Marital Conversation

Marital Conversation

“Is there anyone to whom you speak less than to your wife?” Socrates, in Xenophon’s The Estate Manager Thomas Aquinas suggests that spouses ought to have the greatest of friendships. His central reason is that they share in the “whole course of daily life.” In...
The Sight of Home After Work

The Sight of Home After Work

“Unburdened of his toilsome mission, Amphitryon welcomed the sight of his own home With the loving eagerness A man welcomes escape from painful illness Or from chains of iron.” Hesiod, The Shield Many of us have to leave our homes to go to work. Even if we would have...
Those Bygone Workmen

Those Bygone Workmen

“Those bygone workmen did not serve, they worked. They had an absolute honor, which is honor proper. A chair rung had to be well made. That was an understood thing. That was the first thing. It wasn’t that the chair rung had to be well made for the salary or on...
Wealth: Seeking Only What’s Needed

Wealth: Seeking Only What’s Needed

“One natural kind of acquiring property is part of household management…and things necessary for life and useful for the household are acquired. They are the elements of true riches; for the amount of property which is needed for a good life is not unlimited.”...
How Nature Provides for Us

How Nature Provides for Us

“Therefore nature, if it produces nothing incomplete or in vain, necessarily has done all these things for the sake of human beings.” Aristotle, Politics What are ‘all these things’ of which Aristotle speaks here that nature has done? By the order of nature plants...

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