Bacon From Acorns A Philosophy of Household Wed, 18 Sep 2019 12:08:08 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Bacon From Acorns 32 32 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 The Leisure Question: A Series Wed, 04 Sep 2019 10:59:12 +0000 “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 help us think more clearly about […]]]> 8 Seeing Marriage as Natural Wed, 28 Aug 2019 10:58:32 +0000 “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 natural; somehow this is how movement is ‘supposed to be.’ Yet interestingly, it usually takes much cultivation […]]]> 8 Why We Must Start Planting, Again Wed, 21 Aug 2019 10:57:40 +0000 “Of the art of acquisition [of food] then there is one kind which by nature is a part of the management of a household, in so far as the art of household management must either find ready to hand, or itself provide, such things necessary to life…” Aristotle, Politics For Aristotle, producing food in some […]]]> 8 In Praise of Hand Work Wed, 14 Aug 2019 11:51:34 +0000 “The hand is a tool of tools.” Aristotle, On the Soul Recently I was watching a blacksmith work. I was mesmerized. There is something so satisfying and so fitting—indeed, so human—about the ability to do that kind of work. What most struck me is how glad he must be to have such control of his […]]]> 10