A Lesson from Germanic Lands: The Key to Culture

A Lesson from Germanic Lands: The Key to Culture

Visiting a place with deep cultural roots can teach us something even if such culture seems unattainably remote. Romano Guardini in his Letters from Lake Como attempts in the 1920’s to capture the essence of the older culture progressively upended by the industrial...
Useless Houses

Useless Houses

“Well then, Critobulus,” said Socrates, “what if I demonstrate that, in the first place, some people spend a lot of money on building useless houses, whereas others spend far less and build perfectly adequate houses?” Xenophon, The Estate Manager I wonder what...
Make Your Home Like a Renaissance City

Make Your Home Like a Renaissance City

The Pythagoreans…call music the harmonization of opposites, the unification of disparate things, and the conciliation of warring elements…. They say that the effects and applications of [musical] knowledge reveal themselves in four human spheres: in the soul, in the...
Teaching Beauty

Teaching Beauty

“We must teach beauty not from horror of ugliness but rather by attraction to beauty.” Charles Peguy, ‘The School Teachers’ in Basic Verities Beauty is not the private reserve of the aesthete, nor the artist or the highly cultured. It is the inheritance of all. It is...
What Fire Cannot Destroy

What Fire Cannot Destroy

“Those bygone workmen did not serve, they worked. They had an absolute honor, which is honor proper. … A tradition coming, springing from deep within the [French] race, a history, an absolute, an honor, demanded that this chair rung be well made. Every part of the...

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