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Dugald Semple, an Early Modern Caravanner

Here’s and edited rework of an older post I wrote about Dugald Semple, a Scottish philosopher of the early 20th Century, who was an advocate for simple living. After studying and becoming and engineer he took to the woods and, … Continue reading

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A Little Art and Some Wise Words from Thoreau for the End of the Week

However mean your life is, meet it and live it; do not shun it and call it hard names. It is not so bad as you are. It looks poorest when you are richest.  The fault-finder will find faults even … Continue reading

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Making Your Attitude

“Men and boys are learning all kinds of trades but how to make men of themselves. They learn to make houses; but they are not so well housed, they are not so contented in their houses, as the woodchucks in … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Children

A bit of perspective on this Philosophical Friday morning.  One of my favorite quotes from Socrates (Σωκράτης).  Our experiences are more shared than unique. “The children now love luxury; they have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for … Continue reading

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“The fault-finder will find faults even in paradise”

“However mean your life is, meet it and live it; do not shun it and call it hard names. It is not so bad as you are. It looks poorest when you are richest. The fault-finder will find faults even … Continue reading

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Rules of Conduct and Thoughts on Self-Education

Thomas Jefferson wrote reams of good advice, important political philosophy, the Declaration of Independence, and many other things (which is why we know so much about him).  To some of his younger relations he sent his favorite “rules of conduct” … Continue reading

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Making Connections with Kindred Spirits

The Internet is neither good nor bad.  It is just a repository of information like a giant disorganized library that is constantly in flux.  Like a library, it is a tool and like a library it can be a meeting … Continue reading

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