The Suffering of Children

The Suffering of Children

“Yet even in these nobility shines through, when a man bears with resignation many great misfortunes, not through insensibility to pain but through nobility and greatness of soul.” Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics My youngest son is doing very well today. Two weeks ago...
Living an Examined Life

Living an Examined Life

“…the unexamined life is not worth living.” Socrates in The Apology by Plato These words of Socrates are notoriously provocative. Perhaps they should provoke us. One implication of course is that an examined life is indeed worth living. But just what...
A Deeper Gift of Vacation

A Deeper Gift of Vacation

“Amusement is a sort of relaxation, and we need relaxation because we cannot work continuously.” Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics “Leisure is the end of toil.” Aristotle, Politics Aristotle distinguishes two kinds of downtime: amusement and leisure. Amusement refers to...
Boarding School: A Father’s Retrospect

Boarding School: A Father’s Retrospect

“And the final outcome of education, I suppose we’d say, is a single newly finished person, who is either good or the opposite.” Plato, The Republic Two and half years ago I wrote a piece “When a Child Leaves Home,” when my son left for boarding school. In it I shared...
Bethany Weekends: Two This Summer

Bethany Weekends: Two This Summer

“Now of all human pursuits, that of wisdom is the most perfect, the most sublime, the most profitable, and the most delightful. It is the most perfect, since in proportion as a man devotes himself to the pursuit of wisdom, so much does he already share in true...
The Gift of Weather

The Gift of Weather

“If a man’s crop is spoiled on the threshing-floor, the rain did not fall for the sake of this… It is plain then that nature is a cause, a cause that operates for a purpose.” Aristotle, Physics The other day at dinner my sister-in-law offered an interesting...

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