On Being Virtuous

The notion that virtue is an outer ideal toward which man must strive lies at the root of much of the evils and suffering that we’ve experienced through the millennia. This belief pits courageous man against courageous man, caring person against caring person, in a struggle to establish a good and just world through imperfect …

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A Cure for Superficiality

“Democracy needs to be reborn in each generation and education is its midwife.” ~ John Dewey, Twentieth Century Education Theorist A friend of mine recommended New York Times columnist David Brooks' recent TED presentation to me yesterday (David Brooks: The Social Animal) and after having listened to it I am pleased to pass it along …

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A Fundamental Shift in Values

Speaking of the need of a fundamental shift in values, I read an interesting article in the NY Times yesterday afternoon entitled: “The Modesty Manifesto.” The author, David Brooks, observed that we are an overconfident species, especially the part of humanity now living in the United States. Brooks (somewhat tongue in cheek I expect) noted …

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The Civility Deficit

"There can be no high civility without a deep morality." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson Civility is a virtue that marks the Golden Mean between barbarousness and glibness or superficial politeness. In early use, the term denoted the state of being a citizen and hence good citizenship. It later (apparently in the mid-16th century) took on …

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Virtue

Benjamin Franklin lived an uncommon life. One of the Founding Fathers of the United States and a noted polymath, Franklin's inquisitiveness and inventiveness influenced American life and thought profoundly. Everywhere you turn you see evidence of Franklin's legacy: bifocals, the public library system, police departments, volunteer fire departments, the lightning rod, an incredible literary treasure …

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