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Triumph over Tragedy: The Tale of Adrianne Haslet-Davis and Hugh Herr’s Self-Dedication

By developing the same self-sustaining virtues, Herr and Haslet-Davis were able to improve their lives tremendously. Yet the virtue we are told to strive for today is not selfish dedication to our own lives, but selflessness.

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Who You are to Judge: A Response to Pope Francis and the Cult of “Tolerance”

Try as we may, we cannot abandon the necessity of judgment . . . The most we can do is pretend that we do not need to judge, and abdicate the responsibility of forming judgments rationally, abandoning our judgment to chance and whim.

Steve Jobs’ “Philanthropy”: Only a Side-Effect

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Steve Jobs’ “Philanthropy”: Only a Side-Effect

Only by focusing on enriching his own life has Jobs benefitted the lives of others Steve Jobs has been described in many ways: brilliant, innovative, driven, visionary, even egomaniacal. One word rarely associated with Jobs is “philanthropic”—indeed, he eliminated all corporate charity programs when returning as head of Apple in 1997. In an article at […]

The Spiritual Value of Work

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The Spiritual Value of Work

What’s more important – your work or your relationships? That’s the question posed by David Brooks in his op-ed in the New York Times. He references the case of Sandra Bullock, whose career success has recently been overshadowed by her husband’s infidelity. There are other common examples of the work-versus-relationship struggle –the businessman who goes […]

To Judge or Not To Judge Mark Sanford

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To Judge or Not To Judge Mark Sanford

Writing for South Carolina’s Sun News, journalist Isaac Bailey offers us cutting commentary about how his State’s General Assembly recently failed to impeach governor Mark Sanford. Sanford has admitted to lying to his State, flaunting State travel laws, and engaging in a range of disgraceful behaviors to cover his tracks while engaged in an extra-marital […]

Rhodes Scholars take the Road to Wall Street

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Rhodes Scholars take the Road to Wall Street

Elliot Gerson, secretary of the Rhodes trust, points to an interesting trend: In the past thirty or so years, Rhodes Scholars have disproportionately chosen to go into Wall Street careers. He writes: “Only three American Rhodes scholars in the 1970s (out of 320) went directly into business from Oxford; by the late 1980s the number […]

A Tribute to Dr. Norman Borlaug and Man’s Capacity to Shape Nature

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A Tribute to Dr. Norman Borlaug and Man’s Capacity to Shape Nature

September 12th should be a global day of mourning. For that is the day that one of mankind’s greatest heroes and benefactors passed away, though barely a whisper of his passing has been heard since the weekend. Each one of us who is glad to be alive should find a way to commemorate the life […]