Run The Distance

“Those who educate children well are more to be honoured than they who produce them; for these only gave them life, those the art of living well.”  Aristotle   A relay relies on a team to run the race.  A time will come to hand the baton to another; our work complete, we will watch…

Conflict or Debate

“Don’t raise your voice, improve your argument.” [Address at the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Houghton, Johannesburg, South Africa, 23 November 2004]” Desmond Tutu Most of us dislike conflict and will do anything to avoid the unnecessary unpleasantness of raised voices and difficult conversations. There are those among us, however, who would welcome the opportunity to engage in…

The Philosophy Narratives

“Man is the only creature who refuses to be what he is.” Albert Camus   The other day, someone asked me, “What is your philosophy of life?” We talk about philosophy as if it were something that could be summarized in one or two sentences.  And yet, it generally takes a lifetime to identify with…

A Philosopher On Joy

Plato had many day jobs: philosopher, mathematician and writer. On the side, he happened to be the founder of the Academy in Athens, the first institution of higher learning in the Western world. He had a famous teacher, Socrates, who was always in some sort of trouble.  Even today, Plato is copiously quoted and revered…