“Enlightened” Philosophy in Paris

By Jon|June 27, 2016|Personal, Philosophy, Travels|

  What you see in the photo above and below is the Pantheon, originally the church of St. Genevieve, the patroness of Paris. In the French Revolution, it was gutted and made into a temple of Reason, that is, a symbol of the new patroness of Paris, who rejected religion as superstition and envisioned humanity itself as the purpose of its existence – aided by science – and redefined as modern science.

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“Why Beauty Matters” by Roger Scruton

By Jon|June 7, 2016|Beauty|

  Many smart people have intuitions about what is ugly and what is beautiful, but most of the same people today think that there is nothing objective about beauty, since they have difficulty explaining it. It seems like preferring Coke over Pepsi and so art becomes only about expressing oneself than about what is being expressed. I came across this video by Roger Scruton, which gives a well made case that there

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Massachusetts House Passes Bill Legally Abolishing Biological Sex

By Jon|June 6, 2016|News Commentary|

    States continue to pass laws removing the phrase ‘biological sex’, replacing it with gender identity, and formally accepting that ‘femininity’ and ‘masculinity’ are mere social constructs rather than the results of nature. “SECTION 1. Section 92A of chapter 272 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2014 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting after the word “sex”, in line 9, the following words:- , gender identity.” The

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“Don’t Judge!” Part II – University Edition

By Jon|April 19, 2016|Education, Higher Education|

  A new video from the Family Policy Institute of Washington gives some perspective on what it means to apply the logic of modern ‘tolerance’ consistently.(c/o LSN) It reminds me of Fulton Sheen’s comment. Modern science alone isn’t going to give you an answer to these questions. Why? Because C-SCIENCE! (wiki) Tolerance Part I is here.

How to Set Yourself or Others Up for Success

By Jon|April 16, 2016|Philosophy, Quotes|

    “Virtue, then, being of two kinds, intellectual and moral.. for it was not by often seeing or often hearing that we got these senses, but on the contrary we had them before we used them, and did not come to have them by using them; but the virtues we get by first exercising them [habit], as also happens in the case of the arts as well. For the things

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“I’m Spiritual But Not Religious…”

By Jon|April 6, 2016|Culture, Religion|

Lately, I’m all about getting to the root of catchy phrases that have serious implications behind them. While we don’t see these sort of assemblies around and probably never will…the video, intentionally or not, does make a powerful point I made here: that even when people seem independent in a new way- its human nature to want and have friends. So as soon as that person identifies with another independent spiritual person

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“Don’t Judge!” ….Can We Judge Intentions?

By Jon|March 23, 2016|Philosophy|

(Just a note, I am writing this article partly for my own benefit and so, please don’t ‘judge’ it according to full academic standards. That’s not my purpose here; it is, however, to speak philosophy in layman’s terms) “Don’t judge!” We’ve all heard it, but what does it mean, and why do people say it so often?  I think what is usually meant, is something to the effect of “don’t presume

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G.K.’s New Year’s Advice

By Jon|January 1, 2016|Politics, Quotes|

“The man of the true religious tradition understands two things: liberty and obedience. The first means knowing what you really want. The second means knowing what you really trust.” – G. K. Chesterton’s Weekly, August 18, 1928 But isn’t it more noble and good to exercise of freedom to discover what our ancestors have on our own ability? I think theoretically the answer is yes. But, is that reasonable to expect

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Merry Christmas!

By Jon|December 28, 2015|Culture|

It is possible: Christmas music that is both comical but [mostly] sublime. Enjoy! Over 2000 years ago, before the birth of Christ, the poet Virgil wrote this: Ultima Cumaei venit iam carminis aetas; magnus ab integro saeclorum nascitur ordo. Iam redit et Virgo, redeunt Saturnia regna; iam nova progenies caelo demittitur alto. Tu modo nascenti puero, quo ferrea primum desinet ac toto surget gens aurea mundo, casta fave Lucina: tuus iam

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Exaggeration of Postmodern Style Education

By Jon|November 13, 2015|Education|

Modern education here refers to a style of “education”, not the institutions that exist in modern day. This style of education claims less and less often that there is a correct answer to anything outside of math problems. As an example, a friend posted a video that exaggerates the irrationality. While things are clearly not this devolved, the logic is already present. But Jon! We should question everything? Sure, just make

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