The Painful Profession of an Idle Man

Everyone and their mother is weighing in on Jordan Peterson. Like all truly dynamic cultural phenomena, almost every aspect of his rise to prominence - particularly what his presence on the public stage signifies - defies any truly concise distillation. That hasn't stopped a torrent of attempts to do so. I cannot hope to accomplish…

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In Defense of Wordiness

There is a vein of thought, peculiar to the modern mind, that rebels against the tendency within classic literature to often employ a large volume of words. More precisely, it protests an engagement with what it supposes to be archaic works of literature - those which, aside from other identifying characteristics, are particularly guilty of…

A Sacred Exchange (Pt. 3)

(This is the third installment in a three part series highlighting the correspondence of four prominent historical figures. The first two can be found here and here) Albert Einstein: A Mind for the Ages "A new idea comes suddenly and in a rather intuitive way . . . But, intuition is nothing but the outcome of earlier…

Reigniting an Affinity for the Past

I have often come across an alarming and unfortunate sentiment in the course of various conversations with my peers. The topic of history, with all its apparent tediousness and bland factual rigidity, is commonly dismissed on those very grounds.  Perhaps a noncommittal acknowledgement of the occasional value of studying it is briefly conceded, but this…

The Last Full Measure of Devotion

Although the address at Gettysburg given by Lincoln in November of 1863 was crafted for the singular purpose of dedicating the cemetery at that battlefield, its reach far exceeds anything he could have envisioned. The words he uttered in such a brief span of time defy the very brevity with which they were spoken, and…

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Picture with me a dreadful scene. Not the one represented above, I will discuss that further in.  Rather, envision the lone figure of a diner sitting in a stereotypical restaurant - a favorite lunch haunt of the midday crowds.  He is surrounded by a sea of humanity dutifully captivated by the glowing screen a foot…

Winged Words

On one of the recent occasions when I found myself wandering through a Barnes and Noble store, I came across the Iliad.  The story of the Trojan war was one that greatly captivated my imagination as a young boy, so naturally I jumped at the opportunity to get my hands on it and actually read…