5.6, Mill, Liberty and Development

What I want from John Stuart Mill is his insight about the relationship between freedom and development. The puritanical libertarian thinks that anyone who wants development (deep better-making) must presuppose freedom (contractual activity). But all around him there rages what he takes to be the contradiction between means and ends found in coercion and development. …

4.17, Proof of the Value of Self-Development

The proof is unnecessary. Yet, so much of what is unnecessary to he who sees clearly is necessary for he who is foggy or less clear. Premise 1: Either the world inhabited is prosperous or not (in trouble). Premise 2: If in a time of prosperity, then any prosperity that is offered will be better …

4.11, Living in the Wilderness

As the Puritanical Libertarian frames things down here (the only place he has ever been), there is both need for and possibility of development. This development he has characterized as the production of virtue. He has warned against the expectations and predictions about the time and cost of the production of virtue given that those …

4.10, What F- is For

Warning: in our contemporary setting the word I am going to use has been so ill-used in so many ways that it will likely repulse. Let’s try. “Faith”. Are you still here reader? I ask you to stay. There will be no alter call. There will be no promises that everything will be ok. There …

On the alone-time test for moral status

First, I do not recommend testing too often. There are a couple of reasons. The value of the stock being tested (character development) is analogous to the stock in the stock market. Daily fluctuations may or may not be a good indication of value. One can end up with a false positive or a false …

A series. POST 1.1: Aristotle, becoming, and soul-art

(Coming every couple days are additional posts answering questions related. A time-line found at the bottom of this post. More soon…Today? An invitation to adventure… Forego the words of the chemical pushers and the flashy screen images as much as you can. Listen to the ancients (pre-pharmacy and pre-internet). There is perennial insight. It is …

On progress

It is an interesting question as to what those who want progress think its possibility lies in, what its conditions are. Stated briefly, the economic crisis of 1920-21 was overcome with much greater speed than the economic crisis of 1929. What was the difference? The role of government. The speediest way through economic crisis is …

On Resting Well

How important the meanings of the words we use are. How disastrous when we embrace and employ mistaken meanings. Here I consider “rest”. It is is either the activity that moves one closer to the state rest or it is the state of being rested achieved. The initial problematic understanding of rest comes from its …