The Holy Cross Order has a principle they call "educating hearts and minds." In a time when we know more than ever, and the discoveries of the wisest and smartest people are taught to high schoolers, it's amazing that people are so poorly prepared for life. There is no teaching the importance of family, morality, responsibility or other essential human ideas that make people successful at life- rather than just a career.
Henry David Thoreau, a Transcendentalist and writer, retreated to the woods to live by a pond in the Northeast United States. Walden Pond, now famous thanks to Thoreau, inspired him to write this work that is a beautiful, cynical commentary on his time. His insights and observations on his time, however, are timeless. As you read his book you'll see why this is the case. Watch the video below to see what I mean!
As you know, at the Conversation of Our Generation, we are trying to build a dialogue and discuss the ideas that affect our society, culture, politics and philosophy. As we discuss the ideas that will define our generation, it is important to look back at the foundations of thought. This book is great for understanding how the dialogue developed and how these ideas are still relevant today.
Ever read something and forgotten immediately? Ever eaten something and been hungry not long after? Both of those leave you unsatisfied, yearning for more. Live by this quote and you'll fix that with reading--- sadly, Burke's advice doesn't apply to food.
It is necessary to understand power and authority when discussing politics. Each one influences the discourse in different ways, and understanding the differences allows for a more exact discussion on the topics.
Understand better how the discussion of the Mean forebodes the differences in Eastern and Western civilizations despite coming to the same conclusions on virtue and vice.
Education has been constrained over the last few decades to simply mean school. It’s a series of levels that need to be reached until all the basic requirements have been reached, just like a video game. This educational paradigm isn’t only not useful, but counterproductive as well. Here I will argue why that is true... Continue Reading →