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Is Worldly Success Necessary?

by Mortimer J. Adler, Ph.D. Dear Dr. Adler, Is worldly success necessary for happiness? In our society we tend to estimate other people in terms...

Bourdain: Casualty of Leftist Mindset

LLOYD MARCUS, THE UNHYPHENATED AMERICAN My fashionista wife Mary told me the famous purse designer Kate Spade shockingly committed suicide. Upon hearing about the tragic...

Benjamin Franklin On Self-Denial, Love of Neighbor, Happiness & Reason

THEY WERE BELIEVERS, BENJAMIN FRANKLIN ... for self denial is never a duty or a reasonable action but as it is a natural means of...

Can happiness exist without morality?

THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP I believe firmly with you in the connection between virtue & happiness: that the latter can never exist ...: and that...

Samuel Adams—On Discovering Our True Happiness

THEY WERE BELIEVERS: SAMUEL ADAMS Boston, October 21, 1772 To Andrew Elton Wells My DEAR SIR I have receivd several Letters from you; and my not having returnd any...

My Imperfect Thanks

GARY L. WELTON, CENTER FOR VISION & VALUES Christian psychologist David Myers, in his writing and speaking about happiness, has suggested that long-term human happiness...

Philosophy’s Future

BY MORTIMER J. ADLER, PH.D. There is little point in asking whether philosophy has a future, for that question hardly admits of a negative answer. The...

Family: The Most Important Organization in Time or Eternity

CALLED UNTO LIBERTY 20TH CENTURY SERMONS, JOSEPH FIELDING SMITH To all the families in Israel we say: The family is the most important organization in...

Part 1: Ethics and Human Acts, Ends and Means, What do We Mean by...

BY JONATHAN DOLHENTY, PH.D. A Brief Introduction to Ethics PART ONE Ethics and Human Acts Ends and Means ...

Anarchy: A Great Evil – True Government: A Friend of Liberty

CALLED UNTO LIBERTY, 18TH CENTURY SERMONS Excerpt from An Appeal to the Public for Religious Liberty, by Isaac Backus 1773 It is supposed by multitudes, that in...

What’s a government to do?

THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP … The only orthodox object of the institution of government is to secure the greatest degree of happiness possible to the general...

Law of Restoration: Wickedness Never Was Happiness

New World Witness for Jesus Christ And now behold, my son, do not risk one more offense against your God upon those points of...

Rejoice, and be glad in it

A Way of Life, President Dieter F. Uchtdorf Sometimes in life we become so focused on the finish line that we fail to find joy...

Following Divine Guidance

A Way of Life, Elder Richard G. Scott "The more closely you follow divine guidance, the greater will be your happiness here and for eternity—moreover,...

James Madison: Be Watchful to Enroll in the Annals of Heaven

Liberty Letters, James Madison, 1772 My dear Billey, You moralize so prettily that if I were to judge from some parts of your letter of October...

That Shall Ye Also Do

American Scripture In the New World, the resurrected Lord declared: “Ye know the things that ye must do in my church; for the works which...

Our Greatest Responsibility and Paramount Duty

Called Unto Liberty, 20th Century Sermons, Harold B. Lee In our day, when grave problems are before the nation and the world, men everywhere are...

Locris & Zaleucus: Adams ‘Defense’ No. 51

  Liberty Letters, John Adams, 1786 A Defense of the Constitutions of the United States, Letter 51 Ancient Aristocratical Republics: Locris. Zaleucus.    My dear Sir, ZALEUCUS was of Locris...

The Infinite Power of Hope

A Way of Life, President Dieter F. Uchtdorf Hope is one leg of a three-legged stool, together with faith and charity. These three stabilize our...

Ten Rules and Recommendations for Achieving Both Success and Happiness

by Mortimer J. Adler, Ph.D. On Turning 80 - Some not-so-serious remarks (The following is taken from a speech Dr. Adler made on his 80th birthday...

What every person "needs" in order to live a whole good life (happiness)

by Mortimer J. Adler, Ph.D. List of Real Goods Necessary for a Good Life  What every person "needs" in order to live a whole good life...

What every person “needs” in order to live a whole good life (happiness)

by Mortimer J. Adler, Ph.D. List of Real Goods Necessary for a Good Life  What every person "needs" in order to live a whole good life...

A Dialectic of Morals: Part 4 – The Order of Goods and Happiness

by Mortimer J. Adler, Ph.D. We must now begin by asking the student whether he is willing to agree that we cannot desire everything as...

Happiness From Power Over Others? Jefferson

I have never been able to conceive how any rational being could propose happiness to himself from the exercise of power over others. Thomas Jefferson

The Oklahoma Land Rush — American Minute

A gunshot at high noon on APRIL 22, 1889, began the famous Oklahoma land rush. Within 9 hours some two million acres became the private property of settlers who staked their claims.