I hadn’t come across Hugh Curtler before, but when “musingsofanoldfart” pointed me in his direction, I found this post that makes a lot of sense to me. The Fart and I have been discussing how children are no longer encouraged to be unique, to strive for excellence while still retain a principled view of humanity and the worth of others. If you haven’t run across either of these blogs, check them out. There are a couple of smart, thoughtful bloggers!

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In a most interesting article in a learned journal not known for its interesting articles, author Rod Dreher bemoans the fact that he didn’t read Dante’s Inferno — or the rest of the Divine Comedy — until he was in middle age (as was Dante himself).

     Midway along the journey of our life

      I woke to find myself in some dark woods,

      For I had wandered off from the straight path.

So begins Dante’s journey through Hell, Purgatory and into Paradise, as well as the story about a twenty-first century man who had also lost his way only to pick up Dante’s poem by accident and find himself captivated. What interested Dreher most were the chords struck by Dante that resound in today’s world and which should be heard by all college students, if not all who can read. And while it is sad to note that…

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