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...
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,...
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...
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...
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...
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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