As self-proclaimed guardians of the city upon the hill, we should all be perpetually leery of visionaries, prophets, charismatic leaders
Sadly, as shown in Bosnia and Rwanda, genocide is hardly an anachronism and we must guide against fear and hate-mongering constantly.
I do not defer to a notion of “common sense” because reasonable people can agree to disagree on anything from Planned Parenthood to Pol Pot’s political cleansing. Morality and ethics are luxuries that are afforded only those with the power to exercise them. What we as a a species need to defer to is the dominion of the heart.
Tomorrow is Memorial Day here in the United States, a day when we honor those who died during war. For some historical perspective, here is a list of the seven most lethal wars that mankind has faced. Some people think wars are good for the economy. I don’t agree.
Philanthropy was classically defined as love for humanity, not alms for the poor.
“love of what it is to be human” is the essential nature and purpose of humanity, culture and civilization — was intrinsically philosophical, containing both metaphysics and ethics. The Greeks adopted the “love of humanity” as an educational ideal, whose goal was excellence (arete)—the fullest self-development, of body, mind, and spirit, which is the essence of liberal education.