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Socrates balance of happiness + true humility

September 3, 2008 1 comment

FUNDAMENTAL ETHICS – (Fr Vallee) — Ethics of Plato vs Aristotle. Plato’s Philebus & The Republic.

 Ethics for Plato is (1) eudaemonological (“Happiness for each and every creature consists of possession of the hightest good to which his or her nature has access.” ), (2) intellectual (virtue = knowledge, sin = ignorance), and (3) formalism, absolutist (circumstances don’t matter, we must contemplate the forms, anamnesis).

Ethics for Aristotle is (1) eudaemonological, (2) practical (habit), and (3) consequentialist (virtue-based).

Pleasure is a result of good, not good a result of pleasure.  To Socrates, happiness is a balance of many needs and desires, with a perfect balance of the soul among beauty, proportion and truth.

A great quote from Frances de Sales … “true humility is to see yourself as you are seen in the eyes of God, not more than you are and not less than you are.”

Buddah + Big Dog + sacristy

September 19, 2007 1 comment

MASS – (Fr Vallee) — Today’s Gospel shows how critics saw John the Baptist as crazy and Jesus as a “glutton and a drunkard.”  You can’t please everyone all the time.  It’s what God thinks of you that matters … not anyone else.  Some key phrases … “It’s easier to wear slippers than to carpet the whole world.”  & “If you meet Buddah in the road, kill him.”

Ancient Philosophy - cinema roomMODERN PHILOSOPHY – (Fr Santos) — continued Descartes.  I think [of other] therefore I am.

ANCIENT PHILOSOPHY – (Fr Santos) — watched a story video on Socrates.  Finished “Crito

ARTS & IDEAS – (Fr Vallee) — pgs 17-23.  “Forms.”  Icons (windows) vs Idols (the end).

Big Dog tail waggingWORKLIST & HOLY HOUR — for worklist, I cleaned the sanctuary & mopped the sacristy & some pews in the Chapel.  For Holy Hour, Fr Alvarez told a story of “the Big Dog.”  (Chris-notes🙂  Big dog was in control of everything except his wagging tail — tried to catch it & control it — little dog gave advice from experience — if you stay focused forward, everything else will follow.  — so it is if we focus on Christ.

Chapel sanctuary (from left) Chapel sanctuary (from Acolyte seat) Chapel Sacristy (left side) Chapel Sacristy (back)