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These next blogs will look at the basic positions of collectivism and individualism mentioned in the previous post. We’ll start first with collectivism, which is captured within the philosophies of Plato and Aristotle. We’ll use these two philosophers for a number of reasons. First, Plato was viewed by both Clement of Alexandria and Augustine as the Greek philosopher who came closest to understanding truth. Second, their writings have historically been used by many other philosophers to construct their own arguments, or used others work who had in turn had relied upon Plato and Aristotle. Scholasticism was an attempt to use Aristotle’s logic and metaphysics frameworks to create a systematized Christian logic from the Middle Ages up to the time of our country’s founding. The philosophic notions underlying the –isms of today also can be traced to these philosophers.

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Greetings! I’m glad you are here.

Let me begin in a somewhat unlikely place. I don’t know about you, but my life was affected by the events of 9/11. This journey began with trying to understand the events of that day and make sense of them. What I found is that most people believe that we as individuals make the best decisions for ourselves and those we care about. There is a desire for freedom to make those choices. However, while most people express the desire for freedom, it seems to exist in relatively few places. It doesn’t matter what your religion is or on what part of the globe you live. Indices, such as the Heritage Foundation’s Freedom Index, indicate it is a relatively rare thing to find.

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Dan WolfMy goal is that my writing will help you to get started on your own journey of discovery, or help you along the way on a journey you may have already begun. Our Founders considered education, religion, morality, and virtue to be the cornerstones for any successful society. Being successful requires understanding both the languages of reason and faith; reason alone is insufficient.