“Of Followers and Friends” by Francis Bacon (1561–1626)

“Of Followers and Friends” by Francis Bacon (1561–1626) Costly followers are not good The more you take on, the less free you are They’re not so much costly as they are wearing & annoying Followers should only expect acceptance, recommendation & protection from wrongs Followers in factions are even worse because they don’t even particularly… Read more “Of Followers and Friends” by Francis Bacon (1561–1626)

“Resolutions when I Come to Be Old” by Jonathan Swift (1709)

“Resolutions when I Come to Be Old” by Jonathan Swift (1709) Don’t marry a young woman Don’t keep company unless they really want it Don’t be angry, sad, envious or suspicious Don’t complain about the modern area Don’t like children Don’t tell the same story over & over Don’t neglect decency or hygiene Don’t be… Read more “Resolutions when I Come to Be Old” by Jonathan Swift (1709)

“The Moral Obligation to Be Intelligent” by John Erskine

Ask: “What are modern virtues?” You might answer things we like: meekness, humility, renunciation of world Would you answer, “Intelligence”? Old idea that intelligence is dangerous Anglo-Saxons have derided the idea of intelligence being important As if you have to choose between being good & intelligent As if stupidity is a cousin to morality, and… Read more “The Moral Obligation to Be Intelligent” by John Erskine