THE PLUSH USURPER THERE was a knock at the King’s study door. The King looked up from his plans for the new municipal washhouses and sighed; for that was the twenty-seventh knock that had come to his door since breakfast. “Come in,” said the King, wearily. And the Lord Chief Good-doer came in. He wore … Continue reading The Plush Usurper by Edith Nesbit
The dangers of romance are obvious: the feelings don’t last the experience is often accompanied by self deception It can be an excuse for all kinds of harmful behavior But lest in avoiding one evil we commit ourselves to a greater one, romance should be given its proper place. The calculation of self-interest is more deadly to the soul … Continue reading On Romance & the Spouse
There is no easy way to pick out a husband or wife. The very idea of ‘selection’ is problematic. For some it is simply a matter of romance. In which case, the selection problem is avoided. It becomes a matter of emotion and connection. And while romance can get short shrift, there is something deeply … Continue reading On Selecting a Spouse…or a Car.
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. His love Endures forever… …to him who struck down the firstborn of Egypt his love endures forever Psalm 136 vs.1 & 10 (NIV) Psalm … Continue reading On Our Preference for the First Born: The Literal
This post continues an exploration of vocation. In part I, work (or career) was distinguished from our universal vocation to personhood. Yet, personhood, our primary vocation, is not realized in abstraction. In accord with its nature, personhood exists and develops in a social context. One such context is work. Work is an arena in and … Continue reading A Word on Hope: Vocation in Light of the Baltimore Riots, Part II of III
There were days I made them laugh. There were days I could barely get a snigger. I was the star or I was the dark space between. Was it the shirt I wore? Was it my haircut? Was it my delivery? My desperation? Like Katie Perry’s Hot N Cold, I couldn’t find my place in the world. … Continue reading Putting Away the Magic Arts
To recognize one’s other as a self is to know a person as a person. Such knowledge goes infinitely further than tolerance or political equality. This post explores how ethical knowledge informs an experience of personhood. Personhood is ultimately a grander and more encompassing pursuit than that of tolerance or human rights alone. For Thomas Aquinas, there are two primary modes of knowledge: the theoretical and the practical. Theoretical knowledge … Continue reading An Encounter with Personhood