Week on the Web – 11 October 2019

A few links for you this weekend from the far reaches of the interwebs. This week’s collection includes ponderings on our crazy schedules and their social consequences, an easy parenting shift to get deliberate time with your kids, the true diversity and humanity of the American voter, what it looks like to live with a moral bucket list, and the phenomenon of pastoral loneliness.

Why You Never See Your Friends Anymore

Comparing our modern schedules to the imposed staggered work week of Soviet nepreryvka, Judith Schulevitz asks a question that troubles me a great deal. Are we simply too stupidly busy to maintain the rhythms required of friendship?

The Best Parenting Decision Ever

In light of the aforementioned insane scheduling of our lives, Matt Reynolds offers a very simple solution for deliberate time set aside for your kids. Implementing this for sure.

When All of America Spends a Weekend Together

Well worth the read in these divided times! What happens when you carefully select 526 voters who represent the diversity of viewpoint, ideology and life circumstances, and then put all 526 of them in one place on a weekend away together? Conversation happens, and it is way more helpful than other forums of political “dialogue.”

A Moral Bucket List

More brilliance from David Brooks. I am turning into a bit of a fanboy.

I came to the conclusion that wonderful people are made, not born — that the people I admired had achieved an unfakeable inner virtue, built slowly from specific moral and spiritual accomplishments.

If we wanted to be gimmicky, we could say these accomplishments amounted to a moral bucket list, the experiences one should have on the way toward the richest possible inner life.

Pastoral Loneliness

It is a very strange thing that people who spend their lives surrounded by people get lonely, but they do. This is helpful from Scott Sauls.

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