Some Early Hope for 2021 | January Newsletter – The Dialogue

Wow, what a start to 2021… I was really hoping we’d leave some of our insanity behind, but apparently not. Instead, we seemed to have doubled down, like we did on masks. Despite all the insanity, there are some bright spots and great things happening. I want to share some hope for 2021 that I have.

Here are some bright spots that give me hope for 2021:

Dr. Yenor’s book, The Recovery of Family Life is catching fire 

And, this is great because the family is the core of a society. Any society that doesn’t value the family is in decline, so restoring the primacy of family is huge. Check out my interview with Scott to learn more.

People are tired of national politics

This may be a surprise, but I’ve seen even very political accounts already getting bored of the Biden administration. The media is definitely pushing this, although they aren’t the most reliable. However, a step back from politics might help us find some unity.

It’s a new year for your Reading List Resolution

Not sure about you, but I get hyped up each January for all the books I plan on reading. But, if you need some ideas, you can check out this list of books I find valuable or check out my Book Review YouTube playlist.

But what bright spots have you seen in 2021? Is there anything that gives you hope for a life after the pandemic? Shoot me an email and let me know! Here’s where you can contact me to let me know.

I hope 2021 is much better year, and it’s each of us working towards that together that makes that hope a reality. So, I look forward to solving the problems of today with the wisdom of the past alongside you.

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236. Materialism & The Human Person | The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly Conversation of Our Generation

According to Wikepedia, "Materialism is a form of philosophical monism that holds that matter is the fundamental substance in nature, and that all things, including mental states and consciousness, are results of material interactions. According to philosophical materialism, mind and consciousness are by-products or epiphenomena of material processes (such as the biochemistry of the human brain and nervous system), without which they cannot exist. This concept directly contrasts with idealism, where mind and consciousness are first-order realities to which matter is subject and material interactions are secondary." Valid Concerns and Good Points At first, it seems to make sense. Much of what we encounter is material. Our food, light, furniture, etc. is all material. It would be easy at first glance to think everything boils down to what is material. But, does that really comport with what we experience and know? Errors of Materialism Materialism leaves out a large chunk of the human experience. First, it fails, like naturalism, to fully account for the supernatural and the spiritual. And, in doing so, it denies free will and many other parts of our experience that are products of the spirit. Also, materialism doesn't allow for the abstract truths we know to be. Moral truths, natural laws, beauty, and even some mathematical truths can't exist if everything is material. So, materialism fails to explain all that we know about the world. Corrections There is more to the world than just the material. It doesn't fit with our understanding of the world. We experience more than just the material in art and music, as well as abstract concepts. We also experience the phenomenon of free will, which is impossible in a materialist world. In order to fully comport with reality, we need to take into account more than material things. In order to fully experience the world, we have to take account for the non-material parts of our lives. Related Episodes in this Series What is Objective Reality? What is Subjective Reality? Unity of Subject and Object The Golden Mean for Understanding Objective and Subjective Reality Naturalism & The Human Person | The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/conofourgen/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/conofourgen/support
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