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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 2 of 2)

March 17, 2015 by  
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The Four Cardinal Virtues (Week 11 of 12) 10 Ways to Find Happiness, this Lent and Always (Part 2 of 2) This week we scheduled Part II of last week’s post, 10 Ways to Find Happiness this Lent and Always. But rather than try my very unworthy hand at imparting the wisdom of the ages, I thought you might appreciate a little direct advice from some of the greatest minds and souls in the history of... 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

Love, Loss and the Liberty of Letting Go

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The Four Cardinal Virtues (Week 9 of 12) …the lack of courage to accept injury and the incapability of self-sacrifice belong to the deepest sources of psychic illness. All neuroses seem to have as a common symptom an egocentric anxiety, a tense and self-centered concern for security, the inability to “let go”; in short, that kind of love for one’s own life that leads straight to the loss... Read More

From Justice to Fortitude

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The Four Cardinal Virtues (Week 8 of 12) From Justice to Fortitude This week, we straddle two virtues: the end of our discussion of justice and the beginning of our discussion of fortitude. And while they went together somehow, I can’t seem to bring them together cohesively into this writing assignment. So, given that, I’m going to focus on fortitude, a virtue I’ve admittedly never... Read More

21 Great Leadership Movies

February 17, 2015 by  
Filed under Book Club, Cardinal Virtues, Justice, Vicki Burbach

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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

Utter Perversion of Mankind…from Injustice?

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The Four Cardinal Virtues (Week 6 of 12) Utter Perversion of Mankind…from Injustice? Justice is a hot word in some circles, and it’s one that gets tossed around and not so deeply considered. I didn’t realize just how true that was until I dove into this week’s reading. Last week, we read that justice is the only virtue that’s an external act. This week, in chapter 3,... 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

The Importance of Friendship

January 27, 2015 by  
Filed under Book Club, Cardinal Virtues, Sarah Reinhard

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The Four Cardinal Virtues (Week 4 of 12) There is no way of grasping the concreteness of a man’s ethical decisions from outside. But no, there is a certain way, a single way: that is through the love of friendship. A friend, and a prudent friend, can help to shape a friend’s decision. He does so by virtue of that love which makes the friend’s problems his own, the friend’s... 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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