Freedom from Our Chains

“Man is born free, but everywhere he is in chains,” said Jean-Jacques Rousseau. Like most of you, for the last several weeks I’ve felt somewhat chained at home. My frequent roaming habits have drastically changed. I spent January driving to and from the white, sugar-sand beaches and crystal-clear springs of Florida; now my travels consistContinue reading “Freedom from Our Chains”

Shadows of Reality

In Book 7 of Plato’s Republic, the old sage tells us to imagine people chained from childhood inside an underground den, or cave. They’re forced to face the walls so they cannot turn their heads. Behind them, a fire is burning to provide a dim light. Between the prisoners and the fire, objects pass alongContinue reading “Shadows of Reality”