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We’re excited that you’ve joined the conversation! At HMU, we want to continue the great authors’ conversations in a contemporary context, and this blog will help us do that. We look back to Aristotle and the early philosophers who used reason and discourse to gain wisdom and now we endeavor to do the same every day.


July 8, 2022 Thanks to Alissa Simon, HMU Tutor, for today’s post. Happiness is of such importance that the Declaration of Independence uses it as a foundational principle. Considering its importance in my own society, one would think that I thoroughly understand the term. However, it is as slippery today as it has always been. …

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July 1, 2022 Thanks to Alissa Simon, HMU Tutor, for today’s post. Breaks are necessary for both mind and body. However, taking a break does not necessarily imply idle behavior. Quite the opposite! When we have a break from our regular routine, we are able to do things the revitalize us. Rest allows for change …

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June 10, 2022 Thanks to Alissa Simon, HMU Tutor, for today’s post. “The hardest thing of all to see is what is really there.” – John Baker, The Peregrine ”Learning is a profession….” – Zena Hitz 2022 Fellow in Ideas David Yamada recently wrote a book review that inspired me. Per his suggestion, I quickly …

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May 13, 2022 Thanks to 2022 Fellow in Ideas, David Yamada, for today’s post. Lost in Thought: The Hidden Pleasures of an Intellectual Life by Zena Hitz As the humanities and social sciences face core threats fueled by higher education budget cuts and political divisions, they are conventionally defended on vocational and practical grounds. The …

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Friday, May 6, 2022 Thanks to David Kirichenko, a 2022 Fellow in Ideas recipient, for today’s post. Understanding your place in the universe is difficult. It requires facing, and then transcending, your deepest concerns, with death as one of our core fears. One day you will die. Everyone you know and love will die. All …

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April 5, 2019 Thanks to Alissa Simon, HMU Tutor, for today’s post. Whiplash is a film from 2014 both written and directed by Damien Chazelle. It follows the life of Andrew (played by Miles Teller), a young, brilliant and ambitious drummer, through the trials and errors of college life. Fletcher (played by J.K. Simmons) is …

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June 22, 2018 Thanks to Alissa Simon, HMU Tutor, for today’s post. “Man wishes to be happy, and only wishes to be happy, and cannot wish not to be so.” – Blaise Pascal Listening to Beethoven’s 9th Symphony recently got me thinking about the difference between joy and happiness. Why does Beethoven end the 9th …

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