The Orgins of our Population Control Part II

junior_fellow__jeremy.jpgIn Part I the destruction of the Personalist view of man was briefly outlined in order to show the intellectual and spiritual preparation that set the stage for the present disregard for the human person in modern science and medicine.  There was a shift that seems to have taken place in the realm of goods, namely from the good of the person to the good of society.  Thomas Hobbes and John Locke showed the world that if you acted for yourself society would benefit from what Tocqueville would come to call “enlightened self-interest.”  But as Richard John Neuhaus states, we must consider the dignity of “the individual situated in community.”(1)   Neuhaus is making a profound observation about the nature of man, that in effect man can only actualize his potential in community.  When man no longer sees himself as a part of community (gemeinschaft) but merely a member of society (gesellschaft), he no longer shares a desire to act according to a common good but the good for himself.(2) Read

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Interview with Art and Laraine Bennett, Authors of “The Temperament God Gave your Spouse”

temperament.jpgIn your recent book “The Temperament God gave your Spouse” you review the four classic temperaments as a way of understanding how people naturally react; could you explain these and tell us how you came to be interested in this age-old concept in the present day?

 
We were introduced to the classic four temperaments (originally proposed by Hippocrates) by a priest who shared with us how temperament (the way we naturally tend to react to our environment) influences our spiritual lives; subsequently, we discovered that understanding temperament is not only a great way to get to know ourselves better (and therefore improve ourselves) but also it has a great bearing on our relationships—with God, with our spouse and with our children. Art discovered in his marriage counseling that many couples who came in for counseling were often arguing or fighting about a temperament issue!

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