Don’t Get Banksy-ed!

Don’t Get Banksy-ed!

The art world was all atwitter earlier this month after an acclaimed, but anonymous, street artist known simply as Banksy set a Sotheby’s Auction House record for selling one of the artist’s paintings for $1.4 million.  However, what set the art world a buzz was, that as soon as the auctioneer’s gavel fell closing the sale, the painting seemed to come to life and partially shredded itself to the astonishment of those in attendance. 

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Life in an Asymmetric Universe

Life in an Asymmetric Universe

“While evangelizing, my students were asked the question, “if there were not evil in the world, would we really appreciate the goodness?” The person argued that evil is necessary and beneficial to recognize the worth of goodness. To their credit, if you imagine a world without evil, it would seem difficult to see the goodness – because you would be swimming in it. Goodness is quite visible in this world due to the contrast it provides to evil. But is evil a prerequisite for good? Does evil need to exist for us to appreciate goodness? On the contrary, goodness can and does exist without evil.”

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Why Go Into the Woods?

Why Go Into the Woods?

Worldview at the Abbey is an academic program first and foremost—our new students have almost finished reading Plato's Republic and (even more impressively) are beginning to understand what Plato got right and what he got wrong. Worldview Academy has a long history of seeking to help students “think well in order to live well,” which means we put a premium on thoughtful discussions and wrestling with the big ideas. So why do we take three days in the middle of a hectic first month to camp and hike and raft with our students in the Colorado wilderness?

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Let Us Work, So That We May Leisure

Let Us Work, So That We May Leisure

"What would life be like if one’s work provided so much money, that one would never have to worry about it again? What fun and joy would occupy one's free time? This is the life of most Hollywood stars. Celebrities do not want for work or money. In fact, they can ensure that they do not have a single moment that is not occupied either by work or lavish amusements. Although they have everything that man searches for in life, they do not have happiness. They are the canaries in the mineshaft, letting the whole world know that wealth and fame will not bring joy. Their lives wilt because the do not participate in leisure."

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Imagine

Imagine

At the end of the Pyeongchang Olympics Opening Ceremony, right after they lit the torch, they began an emotional song calling all people everywhere to unity. The song was “Imagine” by John Lennon. Although it has a catchy tune and generally points towards unity, it totally ruined the moment. The reason is that the song directly contracts reality; it looks for unity in all the wrong places. “Imagine there’s no heaven … imagine all the people living for today.” This is exactly how to ruin the world. If you want to build a good world, you need to live for another one.

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