A Good Man: Rediscovering My Father, Sargent Shriver by Mark Shriver

By Mark Shriver

In this intimate portrait of a rare father-son courting, Mark ok. Shriver discovers the ethical rules that guided his mythical father and applies them to his personal life

When Sargent "Sarge" Shriver—founder of the Peace Corps and architect of President Johnson's conflict on Poverty—died in 2011 after a valiant struggle with Alzheimer's, hundreds of thousands of tributes poured in from associates and strangers all over the world. those tributes, which extolled the day-by-day kindness and humanity of "a strong man," moved his son Mark way over those that lauded Sarge for his big-stage, headline-making accomplishments. After an entire life trying to find the trail to his father's good fortune within the public enviornment, Mark as a substitute turns to a look for the key of his father's pleasure, his devotion to others, and his experience of goal. Mark discovers notes and letters from Sarge; hears own tales from family and friends that 0 in at the 3 guiding rules of Sarge's life—faith, desire, and love—and recounts moments with Sarge that now tackle new price and poignancy. within the strategy, Mark discovers a lot approximately himself, as a father, as a husband, and as a social justice suggest. A sturdy Man is an inspirational and deeply own tale a couple of son getting to know the genuine which means of his father's legacy.

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BROBJER were presented as “lectures” at the Germania, to his two friends Wilhelm Pinder and Gustav Krug. Both essays are of great interest and contain much that foreshadows Nietzsche’s future philosophy, including his break with Christianity: An endless confusion of thought in the people is the bleak result. There will be great revolutions once the masses finally realize that the totality of Christianity is grounded in presuppositions; the existence of God, immortality, Biblical authority, inspiration and other doctrines will always remain problems.

The question whether mankind hasn’t been deceived for two thousand years by a phantom. [Eine unendliche Gedankenverwirrung im Volke ist das trostlose Resultat; es stehen noch große Umwälzungen bevor, wenn die Menge erst begriffen hat, daß das ganze Christenthum sich auf Annahmen gründet; die Existenz Gottes, Unsterblichkeit, Bibelautorität, Inspiration u. anderes werden immer Probleme bleiben. Ich habe alles zu leugnen versucht: o, niederreißen ist leicht, aber aufbauen! [. ] der Zweifel, ob nicht zweitausend Jahre schon die Menschheit durch ein Trugbild irre geleitet.

Much of the lecture deals with the methods and goals of classical philology, and how this relates to our understanding of Homer today. A prominent theme is Nietzsche’s discussion of the dualism between art and scholarship, between an aesthetic and a historic understanding of antiquity and of Homer. Like Friedrich August Wolf (a classical scholar who influenced Barthold Georg Niebuhr and Leopold von Ranke and, together with them, was the father of the new historical approach and methods), to whom he approvingly refers, Nietzsche affirms both the ideal and Bildung associated with art and the newly discovered truths and methods of scholarship.

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