“You must act as you breathe.” by Georges Clemenceau

Prompt: A man who waits to believe in action before acting is anything you like, but he is not a man of action. It is as if a tennis player before returning the ball stopped to think about his views of the physical and mental advantages of tennis. You must act as you breathe. Georges […]

“What happens after the pursuit of happiness?” by Bertrand Russell

Prompt: Many societies believe that the pursuit of happiness is a fundamental human right. But it is also true that attainment of happiness remains elusive. Perhaps Bertrand Russell had it right when he said, “To be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness.” Assignment: What gives us more pleasure […]

“What man calls civilization always results in deserts. Man is never on the square – he uses up the fat and greenery of the earth. Each generation wastes a little more of the future with greed and lust for riches.” by Don Marquis

According to one hypothesis, the Great Wall of China, the largest witness of civilization on Earth, was not raised in an effort to protect the country from invasion of the Huns and other nomadic tribes, but to set the border which separated civilized people from the barbarians. Today, more than two thousand years since the […]

“Is it possible to maintain conflicting loyalties?” – by Eric Felten

Assignment prompt: As much as loyalty is the foundation of our relationships with friends and those we love, our loyalties are always getting hopelessly tangled and compromised. Even if we want to commit ourselves to being true, we can never escape the conflicting demands that our contradictory loyalties create. The loyalties we have to various […]

“If we are afraid to reveal our lack of knowledge we will not be able to learn.”

Assignment: Does the present system of education encourage us to admit our lack of knowledge, or is there too much pressure to demonstrate the acquisition of knowledge? Plan your response, and then write an essay. People are born with an inner aspiration and willingness to learn. Even as children, when our character wasn’t developed, we […]

“A little inaccuracy saves a world of explanation.” – C. E. Ayers

Assignment: Is it always essential to tell the truth, or are there circumstances in which it is better to lie? Plan your response, and then write an essay. This world, with everything on it, is in a constant state of dualism. Moral dualism represents the conflict between two aspects of one’s personality: benevolent and malevolent. […]

“The price of greatness is responsibility.” – Winston Churchill

Assignment: Do we expect too much from our public figures? Plan your response and then write an essay. Our political leaders are not necessarily heroes, but represent the will of people, who delegate the responsibility for decision-making to public figures who have gained their trust. Do we put too much emphasis on people’s moral values […]