I write for those who are still searching for a way to confront the future, a way that faces reality as it is, that is connected to a humane tradition, that provides sane authority and meaningful purpose… Where should we look for such a way? Well, of course, one turns first to the wisdom of the sages, both near and far. Marcus Aurelius said, “At every action, no matter by whom preferred, make it a practice to ask yourself, ‘What is his object in doing this?’ But begin with yourself; out this question to yourself first of all. ” Goethe told us, “One should, each day, try to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture, and, if possible, speak a few reasonable words.” Socrates said, “The unexamined life is not worth living. ” Rabbi Hillel said, “What is hateful to thee, do not do to another.” The prophet Micah: “What does Lord require of thee but do justly, to love mercy and to walk humbly with The God.” And our own Henry David Thoreau said, “All our inventions are but improved means to an unimproved end.”

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  1. Building a Bridge to the 18th Century