Acedia and its Discontents (2015)

Conservatives

Conservatism’s Inevitable Conversion to Catholicism

If Catholicism, in the end, managed to elude the political hatred it engenders, I have almost no doubt that this same spirit of the age which seems so opposed to it would become supportive and that it would suddenly achieve extensive conquests. —Alexis de Tocqueville Almost two centuries ago, Alexis de Tocqueville predicted that Americans [...]

Our Deadly Covenant With Sloth

If the demon you know really is better than the demon you don’t, we might expect on abundant evidence that societal intimacy with lust, pride, greed, envy, wrath, and gluttony would yield some positive results. This is not the case. For we seem only to know the vices, not the virtues. What’s more, we know [...]

Embracing a Flat Reality

The very first lesson that I can recall in my undergraduate degree was on Plato’s Cave. The full meaning and depth of it barely penetrated my consciousness and as soon as I realized it was not "assessable" knowledge, I disregarded what little had sunk in. I lay part of the blame of this apathy on [...]

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