Core Decorum: social media

It has been less than 20 years since the creation, and surge of social media. Because it is a relatively recent invention, there are many unknown aspects as to how it affects...

Core Decorum: Be offensive

Ah, the modern college campus. One would have a hard time contradicting the great Obi-Wan Kenobi, but I think that most of us can agree that he was very wrong when he...

Core Decorum: your Sunday best includes rest

What do my Sundays look like?  I asked myself this question when I came across a beautiful poem by George Herbert, my focal poet for the JPo project. This...

Core Decorum: greatness

Throughout one’s childhood in modern America, there is one thing that most children are sure to have heard in one form or another: “You’re meant for great things. You can do anything...

Core Decorum: humor

Southern writer Flannery O’Connor writes in “Mystery and Manners” that, “either one is serious about salvation or one is not. It is well to realize that the maximum amount of seriousness admits...

Core Decorum: honesty

The great Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoevsky writes in “The Brothers Karamazov” that “the man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to a point that he cannot distinguish...

Core Decorum

All human beings struggle with various personal and moral problems throughout their lives. One thing that most people share and have had in common since the beginning is a problem with balancing...

Core Decorum: daring

In T. S. Eliot’s poem “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock,” the title character is faced with an internal dilemma concerning his place in the world. He is caught up in the world...

Core Decorum: community

Evelyn Waugh writes in “Brideshead Revisited” that, “to know and love one other human being is the root of all wisdom.” As believers, we have faith in God’s love. As human beings, we all...

Core Decorum: silence

In today’s world, it is nearly impossible to find a place where it is completely silent. Even out in nature, there are noises all around you. But some of these noises and distractions are...

Core decorum: finals

The closing of the semester brings about all sorts of emotions– unfortunately, with finals approaching, stress tends to be the most prominent. Regardless of whether you’re anticipating your first final in college or one...

Core Decorum: mindfulness

Recently the concepts of “mindfulness” and “meditation” have seemingly taken over our culture and are commonly considered the ultimate remedy to any emotional or physical distress. Supposedly, mindfulness can lower stress, anxiety and even...

Core Decorum: nature

In Henry Thoreau’s book “Walden,” he speaks of nature’s positive influence on man and its ability to transform the ordinary and mundane. Through his relationship with nature he believes that nothing “can make life...

Core Decorum: Horror Movies

Aristotle discusses the purpose of tragedy in his “Poetics.” He writes that tragedies and comedies are useful in the sense that they invoke joy, fear or pity in us; they provide a catharsis for...

Core Decorum: memories

The idea of “dwelling on the past” tends to have a bad connotation. We instantly think of a high school wash up or someone who can’t get over their ex. However, revisiting the past...