Web of Interest 1026

Aristotle often evaluated a thing with respect to its “telos” – its purpose, end, or goal. The telos of a knife is to cut. The telos of a physician is health or healing. What is the telos of university?The harvardmost obvious answer is “truth” –- the word appears on so many university crests. But increasingly, many of America’s top universities are embracing social justice as their telos, or as a second and equal telos. But can any institution or profession have two teloses (or teloi)? What happens if they conflict? —Heterdox Academy

Would you tell your six-year-old there’s no Santa Claus, and then describe exactly how you bought and wrapped all the Christmas gifts? If your spouse asked who was on the phone, would you say “it’s your best friend about the surprise party we’re planning for your birthday”? Would you tell your boss about your plans to test your new idea, with its 50-50 odds of success, at work next Monday? If you answer “no” to these questions, then you have a healthy and normal appreciation for the value of hiding some facts, from some people, some of the time. —Psychology Today

We are experiencing a new kind of class warfare, and the Christian voice in the public square is needed now more than ever, says R.R. Reno in Resurrecting the Idea of a Christian Society. In the book he argues that the new kind of social politics are designed to further a duplicitous vision for society that empowers the upper classes, while providing the illusion this is furthering human progress. And this all comes at the cost of the well-being of the lower castes of society. —The Federalist

What could be duller sounding than the word temperance? So out-of-date. So repressive. So passionless. And exactly the word our country needs. If the political race has done anything good—and that is hard to imagine—it has held up a mirror to our culture and revealed our soulless skeleton. After Donald Trump’s “hot-mic” incident both parties hurled their moralizing grenades, blasting the internet with their hypocrisy. What the parties, and apparently all of us, have forgotten is that the corresponding virtue to immorality is temperance. Temperance deals with the lusts that war against the soul. When unbridled, desire can control us. So lust is born, and it drives us towards pleasures that cannot satisfy. Our culture drips with lust, evidenced by its pornification. —Acculturated

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