The Power of Music

The Power of Music

“…from enjoying the imitation, they come to enjoy the reality.” Socrates, in Plato’s Republic If Socrates is correct then we have in music a remarkable opportunity to expand our souls. We also have the danger of deforming them. Reading good books is an...
Being a Man or Woman: Nature’s Gift

Being a Man or Woman: Nature’s Gift

“Nature, as we often say, makes nothing in vain.” Aristotle, Politics “Can you deny that a woman is by nature very different from a man?” Plato, Republic It is not surprising that the most controversial, and personally challenging, moral issues of our day touch...
To Receive Reproof

To Receive Reproof

“If he should try to indict me, I think I would find his weak spots and the talk in court would be about him rather than about me.” Plato, Euthyphro “The ear that listens to life-giving reproof will dwell among the wise.” Proverbs One reason to read great works is the...
Growing Food as Education for Life

Growing Food as Education for Life

“…while, from a very small piece of ground, a large part of the food of a considerable family may be raised, the very act of raising it will be the best possible foundation of education of the children of the laborer.” William Cobbett, Cottage Economy (1824) One...
For Sex to Be What It Should

For Sex to Be What It Should

“Fasting is the guardian of chastity.” Thomas Aquinas We have a problem with the marital act. Please allow me to speak frankly. Many engage in it who should not. Even for many who are married, intimacy is not what it can and should be. And these two facts only begin...

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