Why is it that most nurses and school teachers are women? If you ask the academics, especially the social scientists, they will likely paint you a picture of female oppression. Others of a less political persuasion might point out that these jobs allow women more flexibility in terms of balancing work and home. Although I will not deny that there is some truth to both of these explanations, I would offer a third that looks at the situation from the internal perspective of women rather than from an external one that reduces women to members of a class, oppressed or otherwise. [click to continue…]
About Lou Markos
If the central male virtue is courage, then the central female virtue is beauty.
But let us understand what is meant by courage and beauty. To speak of courage as the central male virtue is not to suggest that all true men have to be built like football players and serve in the army. Though physical strength can certainly aid a man in his quest to be courageous, the second does not rely upon the first. [click to continue…]
My daughter, you were born into a time and a culture where it is both easier and harder to be a girl. The reason why it is easier is pretty obvious. Over the last fifty years, girls and women have had innumerable doors thrown open to them that were not open before. You can pursue whatever major or career you would like without anyone saying, “Girls can’t do that.” [click to continue…]
Be a man of your word. Now there’s a phrase you don’t hear very often these days. There was a time when most good fathers would lay that injunction on their sons with an almost sacred tone of high seriousness. Today, that injunction, if it is given at all, is more often reduced to “follow the rules” or “protect your reputation” or “watch your back” or, worst of all, “don’t get caught.”
Of the three theological virtues, faith, hope, and love, the one that is perhaps most misunderstood today is hope. Yes, faith and love are sometimes reduced to generic belief and strong emotions, but at least neither faith nor love is dismissed as adolescent at best and reactionary at worst. Too often, people mistake hope for some vague promise of pie-in-the-sky-by-and-by. They view hope as a crutch for people who can’t look reality in the face, who prefer to see the world through rose-colored glasses. Such weak-kneed dreamers, who would rather moon after heaven than labor under the sun on the fields of earth, are an affront to the modern spirit of progress.
Charity comes from caritas, a Latin word which means roughly the same thing that agape does in Greek. Although, sadly, modern English usage has reduced the word charity to the giving of alms to the poor, caritas and agape bear a richer meaning. In their fuller, Christian signification they describe a self-giving love that moves out of itself toward the other.