Truth is not ours to decide.

Ever since the fall of man, there has been a push to elevate the subjective to the position of ultimate authority. Notions such as "perception is reality," "my truth, your truth" and the "self-made man" are rooted in this attempt, as are the philosophies which deny the existence of objective reality. There is a reality. …

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The Ascending Spiral

There exists a remarkable parallel between raising children and schooling horses. Both horses and people move through a period of intense physical development in their youth, followed by mental and emotional growth and maturation. Handled rightly, this process oscillates back and forth between tension and relaxation. In the moment it might feel like you are …

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True Knowing

"Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received. Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling. Thanksgiving is the following of that impulse." ~ Henry Van Dyke I appreciate Mr. Van Dyke's quote as it demonstrates the natural progression from recognition to realization to actualization found in any successful process of growth and development. …

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The Canon of the Way and the Power

"The skilful traveller leaves no traces of his wheels or footsteps; the skilful speaker says nothing that can be found fault with or blamed; the skilful reckoner uses no tallies; the skilful closer needs no bolts or bars, while to open what he has shut will be impossible; the skilful binder uses no strings or …

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The Currents of Inspiration

"Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty." ~ Henry Ford I am a firm believer in the power of lifelong learning. That said, I agree with Thoreau's assertion that "It is only when we forget all our learning that we begin to know." This may seem contradictory, but allow me to …

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Beatific Vision

"Truth is the beginning of every good thing, both in heaven and on earth; and he who would be blessed and happy should be from the first a partaker of truth, for then he can be trusted." ~ Plato I've frequently argued that man suffers greatly whenever his understanding is distorted by false and limiting …

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Classical Education: A Primer

Last week I touched briefly on the matter of classical education in The Purpose of Mankind and the more I read about that ancient and only recently abandoned approach to developing the mind, the more I am convinced that we are short-changing our children and short-circuiting the future. To appreciate the classical approach, you must …

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The Highest Common Denominator

We are incredibly complex creatures. From macro to micro, our design is beautiful, intricate and marvelous to behold. I remember watching a short video in physics class in high school similar to the one below which showed the wave dynamics of a crowd of people: People, when moving in an aggregated mass, tend to "go …

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Purpose, Vision and Change

"Change is inevitable - except from the vending machine." ~ Robert C. Gallagher Of all of the assumptions that stop people from thinking clearly and from moving forward, there is one that stands as a giant amongst grasshoppers. I am careful to point it out as knowledge of this basic life principle is a double-edged …

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