Thursday, June 26, 2014

The Ivory Cubicle | Fare Forward

Dear Reader,

Over the course of the last two years, it has been my pleasure sharing a conversation with you on an assortment of philosophical, theological, and political topics. These years writing as a columnist have been as sharpening for me as I hope they have been for you. Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end, and it’s time for the Ivory Cubicle to wind down.

During my time at the Ivory Cubicle, I’ve sought to provide an opportunity for you to participate in the Great Conversation, and I hope that you’ll continue to seek out those opportunities wherever they can be found. In order to be a citizen of the United States, we must be citizens of a broader Western civilization that has shaped our country’s customs, morals, and culture. More than ever, we need citizens and politicians who read their Plato and Shakespeare as much as the daily headlines, and who have an awareness of their particular moment in history as shaped by countless moments that have come before. We stand on the shoulders of giants, but to capture their vision, we must take up their work.

In the meantime, I will continue to write occasional pieces for the GenJ Blog. In addition, I have been working with fellow writers on a project that we hope to have online soon, covering the diverse topics of religion, philosophy, literature, and cultural criticism. We’ll hope to see you there.

Fare forward, you who think that you are voyaging;
You are not those who saw the harbor
Receding, or those who will disembark.
Here between the hither and the farther shore
While time is withdrawn, consider the future
And the past with an equal mind.

         -T.S. Eliot, "The Dry Salvages III"

In Fide et Veritate,
Nick Barden

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