What is the difference between the liberty of the ancients and the liberty of the moderns? What would moderns find lacking in ancient liberty? Well, the ancient Greeks believed that the liberty of the people at large was above the liberty of the individual; the total opposite of modern thought. If 51% of the voting populace believes that you were a threat to Greece, either now or a possible one in the future, you could be banned for ten years, again, another breach of individual liberty. But it was totally normal according to Greek thought and culture: the society is above the individual. We see this style of thought in Socrates, who is said to have refused to flee because Athens was his “mother city” that had raised, fed, and cared for him, and if it wanted him dead, that was her choice. This is obviously a breach of modern political thought.
Most American families have their kids in a sport of some kind; be it soccer, football, basketball, maybe baseball, or perhaps ice hockey. Some kids are in their local Boy or Girl Scout Club. Young men and women are taking Yoga lessons, and the list goes on and on; the cost goes on and on. This football helmet, that baseball glove, the trip to the adjoining state for a game. Is it worth the money? (more…)
This is a really well done video. So far as I’ve heard, JJ Abrams has heard of it, and looked it over. I sincerely hope that he follows its advice. Make Star Wars more than a movie Mr. Abrams!!!