Category: Ethics

Ethics, Mindset, Pedagogy, Philosophy, Spiritual Life

Effort Habit: Keep the Faculty of Effort Alive in You

William James on the Effort Habit One of my favorite selections from James’ psychology text book is about developing an effort habit: Keep the faculty of effort alive in you by a little gratuitous exercise every day. That is, be systematically ascetic or heroic in little unnecessary points, do every day or two something for …

Ethics, Christianity, Culture

A Medievalist’s Take on Milo

Over at Fencing Bear at Prayer, Dr. Rachel Brown comments on Milo Yiannopoulos: But people like Sarsour’s supporters are not willing to debate Milo with facts, reason, and logic, as the protestors who showed up to protest his talk this afternoon proved by blowing whistles and yelling throughout his remarks. Milo is not going to …

Ethics, Philosophy, Spiritual Life

Neurotic worldviews and their cure

An Anxious Worldview In Alfred Adler‘s essay, The Neurotic’s Picture of the World: A Case Study, he describes the pampered lifestyle of the neurotic: Extreme discouragement, continuing doubt, hypersensitivity, impatience, exaggerated emotion, and phenomena of retreat, and physical and psychic disturbances showing the signs of weakness and need for support are always evidence that a neurotic patient …

Ethics, Bible, Christianity, Philosophy, Spiritual Life

Vengeance is Good?

One of my biggest critiques of Aristotle as a young man was his assumption of the essential goodness of vengeance. As a Christian, all I could think was that such a notion could not be more at odds with divine revelation: Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it …

Ethics, Christianity, Culture, Philosophy

Atheists and Toleration

  John Locke famously argued that atheism/atheists ought not be tolerated in a religiously free society: Lastly, those are not at all to be tolerated who deny the being of a God. Promises, covenants, and oaths, which are the bonds of human society, can have no hold upon an atheist. The taking away of God, …

Christian Mindset, Ethics, Bible, Christianity

Of Saints and Serpents or the Christian and Inner Darkness

I ran across Gavin De Becker’s The Gift of Fear and picked it up. He quotes Nietzsche: 146. He who fights with monsters should be careful lest he thereby become a monster. And if thou gaze long into an abyss, the abyss will also gaze into thee. – Friedrich Nietzsche Beyond Good and Evil aphorism 146 This line …

Ethics, Christianity, Self-Mastery, Philosophy

Do we need asceticism?

Asceticism is a maligned concept, but it’s cross culturally universal. At its essence, asceticism is exercising to optimize your life for some goal. Everybody is, in this sense, an ascetic practitioner. The problem is that we may not have chosen the goal toward which we are heading or we may be doing exercises improper to …

Ethics, Philosophy, Prudence

Virtue Building: How to Grow Any Habit

Why Pursue Virtue? It’s hard to say exactly what makes any particular person want to become virtuous or develop a good habit. For many it is a religious conversion. For others it’s a realization that debt, porn, or drugs have ruined their lives, as bad habits can become a hell on earth. Some people conclude …