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Symmetry in friendships.

The idea of symmetry alludes to a balance or similitude between different sides, while imbalance alludes to an absence of equilibrium. Man’s innate nature is to gravitate towards symmetry in interpersonal relations with other people. Accordingly people tend to “homophily” (or likeminded associations,) and thus they cultivate, form and deepen friendships with people who have […]

Reflections on the History of Crusades

I recently added a Crusades historical interest section under my I am a. . . Historian page on Ryan Setliff Online. There’s good reason to question the influence of Neo-Marxist Critical Theorists, Progressives, and Islamophiles in their jeremiads about the Crusades being nothing more than a mask for Western avarice, greed, and hypocrisy. Thomas F. […]

Victor Davis Hanson: The New ‘Old’ World Order

Victor Davis Hanson is a classicist and military historian, classics professor, and senior fellow at Hoover Institution with Martin and Illie Anderson. He’s the publisher of over a dozen novels, and a half. His most recent volumes are Ancient Plan Makers: From the Persian Wars to the Decline of Rome, written by Dr. Hanson, and […]

Can virtue be taught? What is the difference between belief and knowledge?

My friend Jacob who blogs at A Wandering Aramean offers an inquiry into the question “Can virtue be taught? What is the difference between belief and knowledge?” This lesson is tethered to Plato and classical literature. Meno is a Socratic dialogue scripted by Plato. Meno appears to explore an understanding of the meaning of virtue, […]

Say no to death’s dominion #Scamdemic

R.R. Reno, editor of First Things, wrote an interesting article “Say No To Death’s Dominion” about how Christian moral teaching doesn’t give credence to this inordinate fear of death that is utilized to rationalize a total societal-economic lock-down in the United States and elsewhere in reaction to an illness less deadly than the common cold. […]

I’m updating my personal home page to reflect a responsive mobile friendly design.

I got an alert that Google doesn’t regard my web site as a Mobile First Responsive Design. Responsive Web design is the approach that suggests that design and development should respond to the user’s behavior and environment based on screen size, platform and orientation. The methodology and practice of Responsive Web Design consists of a […]

I believe in an afterlife, Heaven, the God of the Bible, Jesus Christ.

The hope of the Christian on the basis of faith in the atoning death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ is manifest in the words of Jesus Christ: “In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you” (John 14:2). […]

Manufacturing is the basis of a productive national economy

In the words of German economist Friedrich List who stressed the imperative need of maintaining production and manufacturing as the backbone of a productive national economy: “The causes of wealth are something totally different from wealth itself. . . The power of producing wealth is therefore infinitely more important than wealth itself; it insures not […]

Living in the shadow of a literal genius impacted my life, & taught me about the virtues of hard work, humility, personal growth, & perseverance.

My father for lack of any better term was a genius in his heyday, a top-of-the-class summa cum laude graduate of virtually every academic institution he attended from high school to his undergraduate alma mater to the University of Notre Dame Mendoza School of Business. A genius is a person who displays exceptional intellectual ability, […]

Optimism is the liberal coolant; conservatives are realists, skeptical of utopian promises

“Hysterical optimism will prevail until the world again admits the existence of tragedy, and it cannot admit the existence of tragedy until it again distinguishes between good and evil. . . Hysterical optimism as a sin against knowledge.” ―Richard M. Weaver, Ideas Have Consequences