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“Music, too, is nature.” - Sound and Symbol by Victor Zuckerkandl This essay explores the differences between two perspectives on music: one ancient, one modern. The texts I have chosen are Plato’s...
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It's called FOMO: that sneaking Fear Of Missing Out on the experience that will make us feel happy and fulfilled—what Aristotle calls “human flourishing.” It comes from a belief that happiness comes from something we do, and...
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I have been reminiscing a lot lately, probably a sign of my age. But I recently came to recall an episode in my earlier life before I returned to St. John’s College as...

Give us grace to endeavor after a truly Christian spirit to seek to attain that temper of forbearance and patience of which our blessed savior has set us the highest example; and which, while it prepares us for the spiritual happiness of the life to come, will...
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The Conservative Heart: How to Build a Fairer, Happier, and More Prosperous America, by Arthur C. Brooks (Broadside Books, 2015) The great Elton Trueblood, who really did write about happiness, said...
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No man can serve two masters. For either he will hate the one, and love the other: or he will sustain the one, and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon. - Matthew 6:24
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When I was a young Anglican priest in England, it was part of my daily routine to walk the half-mile across town for Evening Prayer in the parish church. My path took me past a neighbor...
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Americans are guaranteed happiness, right? It’s in the Declaration of Independence, right? Well, not quite. We’re guaranteed “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” Given that we all would like to be happy, and happiness...

Recently there has been a lot of buzz about a young CEO in Seattle who gave raises to all of his employees. Huge raises. In fact, taking a huge cut against his own nearly million-dollar salary, Dan Price...

Congratulations to graduates in the Class of 2015. Graduating high-school students often ask me how college will differ from high school. And what I say usually seems to come as a surprise: In college, you should start...
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Overwhelmed is a one-word description of Ebenezer Scrooge in Stave Five. What overcomes Scrooge when he wakes up is joy, and later the virtue of cheerfulness. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines cheerfulness as “a mood characterized by high spirits...
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“The Pursuit of Happiness.” It is an indelible line signaling one of the three inalienable rights identified by the Founding Fathers when they framed the Declaration of Independence in 1776. It echoes down the generations of American society...
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I often wonder what benefit is derived from the obsession so many of us have with cable news. From my observation, the byproducts of watching and listening to the pundit class drone on are anger, mistrust, and,...
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The song “Happy” by Pharrell Williams has gone viral, topping the charts in the United States and twenty-two other countries. It was nominated as Best Original Song for the Academy Awards on March 2, 2014, nudged...