First Principles

A Forgotten Piety

We should honor our forebears for what they bequeathed to us, and squirm a little, because we would be hard put to say what we are leaving for our children, supposing that we have any.

The Way of Socialism

An absolute commitment to benevolence, like the road that is paved with good intentions, typically leads to an unprofitable destination.

Granting Value to the World

By making happiness incompatible with man’s essence, Schopenhauer found himself deaf to Goethe’s wisdom: “If you want to delight in life, then you must grant value to the world.”