Thought for the Day – January 8, 2022

Resolved:  Coalitions comprised of people with different cultural capital are weak.

Reluctantly, I’m inclined to agree.  What do you think?  Agree?  Disagree?  Usually so, but not always?  What exceptions can you think of?

FWIW, I looked up a bunch of definitions of “cultural capital”.  I find Wikipedia’s definition the easiest to understand:

Cultural capital comprises the social assets of a person (education, intellect, style of speech, style of dress, etc.) that promote social mobility in a stratified society.

 

 

Thought for the Day – December 18, 2021

Betty Hall, founder of Simon’s Rock, on education:

“There is a four-year span here when youth should become acquainted with the whole range of human inquiry – man in relation to his physical environment – man in relation to his fellow man or social environment – and man in relation to the world of his own creation, his music, his art, religion, literature, and philosophy.”

Thought for the Day – August 22, 2021

Excerpting and adapting some text from an opinion piece in the Washington Post:

The US withdrawal from Afghanistan reflects a sound realignment of our national interest.  It puts us on better footing to deal with the new challenges of the 21st century and clarify to allies and adversaries what we are and are not willing to expend resources on.  Ending the long and futile war in Afghanistan will allow us to focus more attention on bigger priorities.

 

Thought for the Day – May 8, 2021

“We can [not] live harmlessly or strictly at our own expense; we depend upon other creatures and survive by their deaths. To live we must daily break the body and shed the blood of creation. The point is, when we do this knowingly, lovingly, skillfully, and reverently, it is a sacrament. When we do it ignorantly, greedily, clumsily, destructively, it is a desecration. In such desecration we condemn ourselves to spiritual and moral loneliness and others to want.”

– Wendell Berry