Bacon From Acorns A Philosophy of Household Wed, 16 Oct 2019 11:54:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Bacon From Acorns 32 32 Living as a Household of One Wed, 16 Oct 2019 11:54:25 +0000 “…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 people who were there in the past, […]]]> 13 Restoring Respect for Elders Wed, 09 Oct 2019 10:58:08 +0000 “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 is at a loss about how to relate to the […]]]> 3 The Amazing Gift of Gratitude Wed, 02 Oct 2019 11:54:46 +0000 ‘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 meeting of hearts. What a great gift it is […]]]> 3 An Amazing Connection: Education and Leisure Wed, 25 Sep 2019 11:25:40 +0000 “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, Politics Perhaps we are not yet really capable of leisure. […]]]> 7 Fostering Leisure Wed, 18 Sep 2019 11:58:45 +0000 “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 self-sufficiency, leisureliness, unweariedness (so […]]]> 2 The Difference between Leisure and Amusement Wed, 11 Sep 2019 10:58:45 +0000 “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 or words helps us see a distinction […]]]> 10