Tree of Knowledge–Spirit of Wisdom

Tree of Knowledge–Spirit of Wisdom

I have always been curious. I love going to museums, libraries, and historical sites. Hours spent in conversation, sharing ideas, testing concepts, and delighting in growing just a bit more in the company of a friend – these are treasures in my life.
As I move through the years, I find that my interests in one topic lead me to others. It is like watching a tree grow. The roots and branches spread out as the initial seed of curiosity grows deeper and higher.

When I was younger, I used to fear that I was unfocused; that my curiosity drove me forward to grow my base of knowledge with cancerous design. Was my curiosity disordered and a waste of time and energy? Was I merely following after phantoms that would prove to have no substance? Did my mind lack discipline – chasing after leaves like a child at play? When was I too old to run hither and thither?  Continue reading

The Satisfactions of Virtue

The Satisfactions of Virtue

Why do we do the things we do? Why should we do one thing or another? Why should we not do one thing or another?

Our actions in life are shaped by our choices (active or passive). Whether we do something or do nothing both are expressions of choice on our part. There is no such thing as ‘sitting this one out;’ because abstention has consequences like any action one might have taken. As long as we live in this world, we will be touched by it and it will be touched by us as well. And even our departure from this world will set in motion a series of effects. It is something with which we all need to come to grips: every aspect of life has moral and practical significance.

So how are we to make our choices? What is to be the guide for our decisions great and small?  Continue reading