"To paraphrase Carly Simon: You’re so vain you probably think this post is about you, don’t you?" Philosopher Rebecca DeYoung is not writing about you. She's writing about the forgotten vice of vainglory.
"People who are extraordinarily beautiful recognize the force of their beauty and underestimate other virtues. How easy is it to forget issues of character when one’s beauty does so much?" Mark Bauerlein reflects on Narcissus, the curse of beauty, and the love of self.
Free ebook download! Robert C. Roberts asks whether ambition in politics can be balanced with humility, using Abraham Lincoln (a president known both for his humility and his ambition) as a test case. He compares the humble ambition of Lincoln to a couple other politicians you might know.
We humans have a tendency to think of ourselves more immaterially and ethereally than we ought. "Moral philosophers... have tended to imagine human beings as “continuously rational, healthy, and untroubled”—as rather angelic beings, you might say. Certainly not lower than angels." Historian Eric Miller reflects on the humble and beautiful reality of our contingent, embodied existence.
God's love reframes our existence, but we have to be willing to entertain druken prayers to get in on it.
During most of the last century, the consensus was that brain structure was pretty much set, fixed and immutable after some specified period of childhood development. More recent research, however, shows that experience changes not just brain structure or anatomy but also the functional organization or physiology of the brain. And this reorganization is what people mean by “neuroplasticity.”
Getting along through disagreement is never easy. Preserving the freedom to think and learn and grow comes with a cost. But what if the disagreement itself is valuable for us? What if the cost of freedom isn’t what we expect? And how can we all become the kinds of citizens who know how to disagree without it destroying us?
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