“Some of the best public speaking we hear is at funerals,” posted my preaching and facebook friend , Warren Berkley, “It is storytelling from the eloquence of the heart. Nobody outlines the structure or critiques the delivery. We just listen.”
After watching most of the funeral service for President George H.W. Bush and hearing the eulogies, I have to say Warren was right.
The stories told by family, friends and colleagues were heartfelt, poignant, and often humorous. They spoke to the character of Mr. Bush. His gentleness. Kindness. Courage. Dignity. Decency. Loyalty. Honor. And grace under pressure. Continue reading
“Is virtue making a comeback,” asked Cal Thomas in a recent column.
“Rarely has the idiom ‘virtue is its own reward’ looked better than it does in light of the sex scandals sweeping the nation,” opined the nationally syndicated columnist. “The so-called “prudishness,” of a previous generation and the respect most men were once taught to have for women — and which Hugh Hefner and his disciples of “free love” mocked — are looking better with each passing day.” Continue reading
“Excellence is an art won by training and habituation,” wrote the Greek philosopher Aristotle. ” We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.”
Whether you agree with Aristotle or not, this quote reminds us that the ancient Greeks used the word virtue differently than we do today in the English language. Continue reading