2021 Resolutions: Read the Great Books

The time is here, where we make promises for the new year only to (on average) forget our resolutions within weeks, if not days. I’m proud to have finally completed a New Year’s resolution: one year of reading ‘The Greats’. The Past Year Around December of 2019, I discovered the 1952 Great Books of theContinue reading “2021 Resolutions: Read the Great Books”

Applying Machiavelli to Life

“It is better to be feared than loved” is by far the most famous quote from Machiavelli’s The Prince, but the short book has much more to offer than a pithy statement voided of its true nuance (for Machiavelli importantly added “…if you cannot be both.” Written in 1513 for the new Florentine ruler, aContinue reading “Applying Machiavelli to Life”

Don Quixote and The Difference Between Wisdom and Intelligence

Miguel de Cervantes’ Don Quixote excellently portrays wisdom’s distinction from intelligence through the character growth (or at least revelation) of Don Quixote and his trusted squire Sancho Panza. While both play the part of the fool in many respects, both exhibit moments of intelligence or wisdom throughout their adventures. The Intelligent Don Quixote Don QuixoteContinue reading “Don Quixote and The Difference Between Wisdom and Intelligence”

Why a Classical Education is Needed Now More than Ever

If you were to ask yourself what single aspect of education is lacking in modern society, what would it be? What topic, if better integrated into school curricula, would benefit the world the most? Teaching science and technology better? It seems we have plenty of the technical aspects of education in place today: everyone knowsContinue reading “Why a Classical Education is Needed Now More than Ever”

What Gulliver’s Travels Can Teach Us About Perspective, Social Media, and Friendship

My first encounter with Gulliver’s Travels was a cheesy 90’s movie that did even less justice to the original story than director Darren Aronofsky’s 2014 movie Noah did to the Biblical story of Noah. In the minds of many without an adequately wide reading of classic literature, Gulliver’s Travels (1726) is a children’s story. However,Continue reading “What Gulliver’s Travels Can Teach Us About Perspective, Social Media, and Friendship”

3 Anti-Catholic Parts in the Pilgrim’s Progress

John Bunyan was the Puritan writer of the famous book The Pilgrim’s Progress (late 1600s). As we all well know, the Puritans (and other Protestants) didn’t get along too well with us Catholics. Though I greatly admire Bunyan’s work and personally enjoyed the read, various parts throughout the Pilgrim’s Progress criticize the Catholic Church (toContinue reading “3 Anti-Catholic Parts in the Pilgrim’s Progress”

9 Takeaways from the Pilgrim’s Progress

John Bunyan’s classic work The Pilgrim’s Progress is often considered the one of the first true novels, second in chronology to Cervantes’ Don Quixote. Bunyan’s most popular work allegorically tells the tales of Christian and Christiana (understood to be all Christians in a sense) and their journeys to heaven, called the Celestial City. Though somewhat tediousContinue reading “9 Takeaways from the Pilgrim’s Progress”