My three-year-old son prefers to dress up in full Spider Man attire – virtually every day. When I ask him why, he says that he wants to get “big” so he can help me “fight the bad guys.” Every time I leave the house he asks, “Dad, are you going to fight the bad guys?” Often, he cries if I don’t take him with me. I’ve tried everything I can think of to help him feel better about staying home, especially on days where I have to head to the courthouse. Once, I just couldn’t
Note: This is a selection from “How to Read a Book” by Mortimer J. Adler (1940). I’m re-printing it here because of the relevance it has to the notion of “study groups” and families regularly meeting together.
Let us not get confused about means and ends. Reading the great books is not for the sake of talking about them. Mentioning them by name may give you the appearance of literacy. But you do not have to read them to participate in parlor sports or outshine the silver at a dinner party. I hope I have made it clear that there are better reasons for read – really reading – the great books.
The picture of the shoes above is evidence of an experience I had a few weeks ago. It was one of those experiences that brings you to the limit of sanity. Actually, I am surprised at how short the path can be from here (the normal, sane and rational world) to that crazy place where only parents can go.
I remember hearing about Atlas Shrugged back in college, but for some reason I never decided to read it. Blank out (that’s for you objectivists). After going completely broke in 2001 I remember seeing my wife reading it and her encouraging me to read it. I even remember reading somewhere that President Ronald Reagan had reportedly said something like, “Next to the Holy Bible, I prefer to read Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand.” I’m not sure about the accuracy of the quote, but as for me, I wish I wouldn’t have waited to so long to
I enjoy conversations about historical figures, particularly those whose lives were dedicated to the cause of liberty. So many people today claim to be interested in the cause, but few actually live for it. Its probably for this reason that I’ve often felt more at home studying the lives of those who have gone before me than in the company of those who make it a common practice to only talk of freedom.
Selection from “Earning the Capital” By Rev. James W. Cole, 1886
What is capital? Most writers on economics answer, “Capital is surplus; the storage of the labor of the brain and muscle; the overplus from the daily needs and uses of men.” If this general definition be a true one, it can apply only
In Utah right now there is a scandal brewing. The scandal penetrates the highest reaches of the Utah government. The question is, “Where will the buck stop?” as the evidence rolls out that an entire section of Government is in need of a major overhaul. Steven Oberbeck of the Salt Lake Tribune, quoting Chuck Newton of the Financial Planning Association of Utah, reported yesterday that
Often, the average person views the world around him as a place where everyone else seems destined to succeed, while he struggles to survive. Government, businesses, rich folks, etc., all of these “others” too often carry an “air” of invincibility, while the individual has been trained, taught and educated to see himself as weak, prone to failure, and full of mistakes.