Wisdom

“The Speech”: Maintaining Sanity in an Insane World

By |2020-01-10T10:03:34-06:00January 6th, 2020|Categories: Civilization, Culture, Forrest McDonald, Hope, Imagination, Wisdom|

I propose to address the question, how does one survive (and I mean survive as something) in a world that may not? How does one remain sane in a world that is insane; how does one live without fear in a world in which the only certainty is that nothing is certain? Editor's Note: "The [...]

Ten Rules for Good Living

By |2019-12-31T22:02:49-06:00December 31st, 2019|Categories: American Founding, Thomas Jefferson, Wisdom|

Thomas Jefferson wrote several lists of advice about the virtuous life to his children, grandchildren, and the children of friends. The final list, which he called “A Decalogue of Canons for observation in practical life,” was sent during his retirement years from his beloved home of Monticello to Thomas Jefferson Smith, the son of [...]

Prophecies, Predictions, and Prognostications

By |2019-12-29T22:54:23-06:00December 30th, 2019|Categories: Christianity, Culture, Dwight Longenecker, Senior Contributors, Wisdom|

We are all fascinated by the future and imprisoned by the past—especially when “there is distress of nations and perplexity”—but we needn’t resort to occult tomfoolery or fall under the spell of a seer, preacher, or latter-day doomsday prophet. Instead the answer is to dwell in the present moment. The preachers of my Evangelical [...]

Petrarch on Seeking the Ideal

By |2019-12-16T11:10:36-06:00December 16th, 2019|Categories: Great Books, Imagination, Louis Markos, Love, Petrarch, Poetry, Senior Contributors, Wisdom|

Keep climbing, my friends of the future; though the ideal elude you, do not give up on the journey. Others before you have stuck to the path and found their way out of the Cave and into the glorious light of the Beatific Vision. Author’s Introduction: Imagine if Homer, Virgil, Dante, Chaucer, and the other [...]

Chaucer on Self-Delusion

By |2019-12-11T00:34:05-06:00December 9th, 2019|Categories: Geoffrey Chaucer, Great Books, Imagination, Louis Markos, Poetry, Wisdom|

There is perhaps no spell stronger or more lasting than self-delusion. Who among us cannot see the hypocrisy in others; how few of us can see the hypocrisy in ourselves. Author’s Introduction: Imagine if Homer, Virgil, Dante, Chaucer, and the other great poets of ancient Greece, Rome, and the Middle Ages had been given [...]

Chaucer on Influence

By |2019-12-02T23:45:02-06:00December 2nd, 2019|Categories: Geoffrey Chaucer, Great Books, Imagination, Louis Markos, Poetry, Wisdom|

Though fate is strong, there is a First Mover who transcends the revolutions of Fortune’s Wheel. In our world of perpetual change, all is in flux; even the mightiest tree will someday fall and the broadest river turn to dust. Yet the First Cause rises above these temporal twists and turns. Author’s Introduction: Imagine [...]

Chaucer on Variety

By |2019-11-25T23:09:51-06:00November 25th, 2019|Categories: Great Books, Imagination, Literature, Louis Markos, Poetry, Wisdom|

True pilgrimage is a communal undertaking: a temporary society on the move. Rather than turn inward in search of enlightenment, turn outward toward your companions and learn to see the world through their eyes. Learn to get along with people whose passions, beliefs, and strategies for survival are radically different from your own. Author’s Introduction: [...]

A Guide Through “Hevel”: The Teacher of Ecclesiastes

By |2019-11-26T21:33:14-06:00November 23rd, 2019|Categories: Christianity, Culture, Religion, Wisdom|

Ecclesiastes is quite possibly the most controversial book in the Bible for all the wrong reasons. Many Christians avoid Ecclesiastes because of its overwhelming bleakness. Others prefer Job to Ecclesiastes’ nihilistic overtones and recurring cynicism. In fact, as some pastors observe, Ecclesiastes “is so denigrated by some Christians, that they have wondered why it [...]

The Signs of a Good Education

By |2019-09-02T00:32:55-06:00August 19th, 2019|Categories: Christianity, Education, Essential, Joseph Pearce, Liberal Learning, Senior Contributors, Truth, Virtue, Wisdom|

A school offering a good and true education will answer the question “What is truth?” in the words that Christ gave to His disciples when He told them that He is “the way, the truth, and the life.” An education that sidelines Christ or ignores Him, or which treats Christianity as only one of [...]

On Writing, Economics, and Writing About Economics

By |2019-08-08T10:08:11-06:00August 6th, 2019|Categories: American Republic, David Deavel, Economics, Senior Contributors, Wisdom|

Economics is one of the necessary tools that call forth the creativity and cooperation in us—aspects of our being made in the image of God. The science of the economic sphere is most interesting to the imaginative conservative when its methods and truths are applied not as ends in themselves, but as means toward [...]

Solomon on Vanity

By |2019-08-06T07:59:05-06:00August 6th, 2019|Categories: Christianity, Culture, Letters From Dante Series, Louis Markos, Senior Contributors, Wisdom|

God has put in our hearts a yearning for eternity, but, as long as we live in this world, we must modify our desires to its changes, its vanities, its impermanence. Fear the Lord and obey his commandments, and you will have fulfilled your duty. Author’s Introduction: Imagine if Homer, Virgil, Dante, Chaucer, and [...]

Fr. Schall, “What Is,” and Book Clubs

By |2019-07-27T22:04:40-06:00July 27th, 2019|Categories: Books, Christianity, Culture, Philosophy, Western Civilization, Wisdom|

Christianity and the Western tradition insist that true unity is rooted in complimentarity, self-gift, and ordered relationship. Trinitarian love is creative, but not coercive; it is a mystery, but it is not irrational; it is personal, but it is not subjective. These are essential truths that James Schall returned to again and again in [...]