Month: November 2018

  • Christian humanism

    Paul Seaton writes on Alan Jacobs’s “The Year of Our Lord 1943: Christian Humanism in an Age of Crisis“. Here he writes on Christian humanism’s motivating concerns: The Christian God, we’re told, delights in human variety and leaves man “in the hands of his own counsel” in many areas. These thinkers therefore pursued their different […]

  • Raising the aspirations of others

    Tyler Cowen writes that one of the best gifts you can give is raising the aspirations of those around you: Yesterday I had lunch with a former Ph.D student of mine, who is now highly successful and tenured at a very good school. I was reminded that, over twenty years ago, I was Graduate Director of…

  • Simplifying the Christmas season

    Simplifying the Christmas season

    Leo Babauta writes on simplifying the Christmas season: What would happen if we decided to become radicals, and simplified the holidays? What would happen if we bucked the consumerist traditions, and got down to the essentials? For some, the essentials are religious — the spirit of this season has nothing to do with shopping or…

  • What places promise, and what they evoke

    Aaron Renn writes on civic branding, but also on themes of promise, authenticity, and looking to the future with a real awarenesses of one’s past: At its most basic, a brand is a promise. Branding, by extension, is the act of managing that promise. Branding is a management practice. This deceptively simple statement is actually quite…

  • John Singer Sargent and the Great War

    I saw John Singer Sargent’s “Death and Victory” for the first time a week or so ago, thanks to a friend sharing it in remembrance of the Great War, World War I. It was created in 1922, when there had been barely enough time for the trauma of that war to have begun to form…