Thomas McGreevy

Excellence

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Democracies were surprised lately when they found that Russia had got ahead of them in science. What a delicious specimen of human blindness! If the whole tendency of their society is opposed to every sort of excellence, why did they expect their scientists to excel? – C.S. Lewis (Screwtape Proposes a Toast) At bottom there is only one question we must answer with our lives. The universe will have our answer one way or another. The question is, “what do you want?” It does not require a specific answer. At…read more

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The Way Is Hidden

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This is a painting done in 1964 by Belgian artist René Magritte. He said about the painting; “Everything we see hides another thing, we always want to see what is hidden by what we see. There is an interest in that which is hidden and which the visible does not show us. This interest can take the form of a quite intense feeling, a sort of conflict, one might say, between the visible that is hidden and the visible that is present.” Do you feel that conflict? It’s almost annoying…read more

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The Future

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Our future is something we discover. We don’t make it, though we would like to. If we had the option, that is what we would do, but it is already made. Alas, we were hoping for something small and familiar. Strange is a thing that was formerly familiar, removed by the passage of time, and encountered again… an estranged acquaintance, a dwelling from a former life, a childhood toy… our memory fails without the real thing present to constantly correct it. When we do encounter the thing many years later, the…read more

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The Way That You Should Go

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We spent some time with good friends last night and, as often happens when parents of young children gather, our conversation turned to the topic of our kids. We talked about their future.  We talked about their education. We wondered about how to lead them so they go on to live lives of significance and deep meaning. There is a famous proverb that says, “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it”. The most common interpretation of…read more

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