The medieval fool was a powerful character. In the nineteenth century, another powerful fool, Nietzsche, emerged. They were both powerful because they both sacrificed all.
Take the Diocletian Test to find out.
The modern state is ready to flex its power. It's a good time to revisit de Jouvenel's "On Power" and its dissection of modern democracy.
How gardening helps us live happily in a world we don't understand
Remembering St. Antony on his feast day: St. Macarius fought the devils. Holden Caulfield fled them.
Is Jack Dorsey a leftist libertarian who doesn't like Twitter's hegemony?
Revisiting a 1938 classic about the art of writing. It's a bit artsy, but edifying and even spiritual.
Getting to know Chuang-Tzu, Lin-Chi, and Dogen's kitchen-worker friend. . . with Catholic asides.
Zen, Christ, St. Therese Lisieux, C.S. Lewis: they all taught a similar thing. Cultivate the eyes of a child.
The philosophy of focusing on a slow and loving existence in the quiet now
You can’t get through a Pieper book quickly any more than you can fly through poetry, or run through an art museum, or gulp fine wine. All such things …
There’s a localism movement afoot. People seem to sense, and perhaps even understand at some level, that it's important to be a part of a thriving local community.