The artist and the professional

The professional tends to live according to a system. There is a method in place. When meeting people they follow the rules of the game. They follow their checklist, introducing themselves with a smile, shaking hands firmly with eye contact, trying to display a good attitude, and if they're smart, letting the other person talk … Continue reading The artist and the professional

Community: The foundation of culture

Smarter people than me, scholars and artists, have tried hard to capture the complexities of the human experience and show perennial truths about the state of Man. Unfortunately, the fact is that it’s probably impossible to do. There are so many diverse cultures in the world. People change greatly for an unlimited number of reasons, … Continue reading Community: The foundation of culture

Liberal education: An introduction

A few months ago I received a set of books published by Encloypedia Britannica consisting of 10 volumes from 1959 called collectively The Great Ideas Program. The topics in the set run the gamut from philosophy to mathematics to imagination, literature, and theology. I'm excited to eventually explore the depths of its ideas. And I'm … Continue reading Liberal education: An introduction

Fathers of sociology

The number of fathers of sociology is a topic of debate, but, generally speaking, there are five prominent figures: Auguste Comte, Karl Marx, Emile Durkheim, Herbert Spencer, and Max Weber. This article gives a brief overview of these thinkers’ theories.  1. August Comte (1798-1857) Comte’s major ideas:  Sociology refers to the “scientific study of society.” All … Continue reading Fathers of sociology