Free Men and Slaves

According to Plato’s Athenian Stranger, there are two sorts of doctors, corresponding to two sorts of patients. On each side, there are “slaves and free.” Slave doctors “acquire the art by following their master’s command,” “but not by following nature.” Generally, they are permitted to treat their fellow slaves. In doing so, the slave doctorContinue reading “Free Men and Slaves”

Smothering the Science

Though the (inflated) fatality rate of the virus in whose name liberty has been abolished clocks in at around 0.2 percent, the horrific manner in which that fraction of a percent have died plays an outsized role in maintaining the present climate of compliance with “public health” protocols. It goes without saying that reasonable stepsContinue reading “Smothering the Science”

Sweet Rejection

In his first letter to the faithful, our first pope boldly mixes a set of metaphors, which taken together give us a clear picture of the end and means of Christian life (1 Pet. 2:1-10). Whatever our previous life may have been, St. Peter counsels, we are to leave it behind and become like “newbornContinue reading “Sweet Rejection”

Fruitful and Unfruitful Fears

Fear is a natural response to the possibility of losing something good. When it prompts us to act in defense of the many fragile blessings entrusted to our care, fear is a healthy part of the divine order. As with any passion, the trouble comes when fear overpowers reason, rather than following its governance. InContinue reading “Fruitful and Unfruitful Fears”