Relishing freedom

Today my friend and I had a socially distanced picnic on the front lawn of the church behind my house because this is something that is still permitted and it’s worthwhile to relish the opportunities we do have amidst the circumscription of our freedom. Continue reading

The proper rites

“‘It would have been better to come back at the same hour,’ said the fox. ‘If, for example, you come at four o’clock in the afternoon, then at three o’clock I shall begin to be happy. I shall feel happier and happier as the hour advances. At four o’clock, I shall already be worrying and jumping about. I shall show you how happy I am! But if you come at just any time, I shall never know at what hour my heart is to be ready to greet you . . . One must observe the proper rites . . .'” — Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince 

With everyone’s lives dramatically changed because of the pandemic, many are discussing – from joking (see tweets) to seriously weighing – how to give order and structure to our days in these unusual circumstances. Continue reading

Responsibility as respect for reality

In the third chapter of Dietrich von Hildebrand’s The Art of Living, he discusses responsibility, which was the topic of my MA thesis. “This moral awakedness,” he says, “is also the soul of the fundamental moral attitude that we have called ‘awareness of responsibility.'”
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