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Purity – the Key to a Healthy Nation?

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The Four Cardinal Virtues (Week 12 of 12) Only the combination of the intemperateness of lustfulness with the lazy inertia incapable of generating anger is the sign of complete and virtually hopeless degeneration. It appears whenever a caste, a people, or a whole civilization is ripe for decline and fall. – The Four Cardinal Virtues, Temperance: The Power of Wrath, Paragraph 12 Purity –... Read More

10 Ways to Find Happiness this Lent and Always (Part 1 of 2)

March 10, 2015 by  
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The Four Cardinal Virtues (Week 10 of 12) An unchaste man wants above all something for himself; he is distracted by an unobjective “interest”; his constantly strained will-to-pleasure prevents him from confronting reality with that selfless detachment which alone makes genuine knowledge possible…In an unchaste heart, attention is not merely fixed upon a certain track, but the “window”... Read More

21 Great Leadership Movies

February 17, 2015 by  
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The Four Cardinal Virtues (Week 7 of 12) If political life is to regain its dignity, a proper appreciation of the eminence of the ruler’s task and of the lofty human qualities required for it must be revived in the mind of the public. This means the very opposite of a totalitarian glorification of power. It implies rather that an arduous and unremitting effort of education should impart to the... Read More

Never Lose Your Way Home

February 3, 2015 by  
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The Four Cardinal Virtues (Week 5 of 12) Fundamental truths must constantly be pondered anew lest they lose their fruitfulness. In this lies the significance of meditation: that truth may not cease to be present and effective in the active life. Perhaps when all the consequences of a false presupposition suddenly become a direct threat, men in their great terror will become aware that it is no longer... Read More

Is Virtue an Endangered Species?

January 20, 2015 by  
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The Four Cardinal Virtues (Week 3 of 12) Whoever looks only at himself and therefore does not permit the truth of real things to have its way can be neither just nor brave nor temperate – but above all he cannot be just. For the foremost requirement for the realization of justice is that man turn his eyes away from himself.  – The Four Cardinal Virtues (Chapter 2, Paragraph 39) Is Virtue... Read More

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