The Good Life

It's to Know, Serve & Love the Truth

What is a life well lived? What is an exemplary life—a life that I would wish to strive for, to emulate, to have others remember as worthy of admiration? What principles ought to guide me in living such a life?

At the Christian university where I teach, every freshman must take an introductory liberal arts course that reflects upon this question. Typically, the initial essays I get in response are self-centered: life is all about "finding happiness," "living your dreams," "pursuing your passions." Why does no one ever mention being virtuous, or faithful, or living to serve others?

Since I ask all my students to answer this question, I thought it right that I, too, should answer it. I hope...

 

is the assistant editor of Fanfare magazine, a comprehensive bimonthly periodical for reviews of classical music recordings, and an adjunct faculty instructor in the humanities at Villanova University. He is a member of St. Mark's Reformed Episcopal Church in Rydal, Pennsylvania.

This article originally appeared in Salvo, Issue #40, Spring 2017 Copyright © 2020 Salvo | www.salvomag.com https://salvomag.com/article/salvo40/the-good-life

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