A thoughtful quiet settles over this week’s offerings.
Harvard University political theorist Danielle Allen writes of the ancient Roman Cicero, and his book, “On Duties.” She calls it “a performance of calm amid chaos, of commitment to virtue and self-mastery amid bloodthirsty violence.”
She found new meaning in the old book in today’s political setting, although Cicero’s time, including the assassination of Julius Caesar, was much more tumultuous than what Americans face today.
West Virginia Public Broadcasting CEO Scott Finn also writes about quiet, about hiking in the New River Gorge with his autistic son. In the winter stillness, Finn rediscovered some strengths of the region that are easy to overlook. He cautions West Virginians not to give in to noisy, damaging self-talk.
Yet they share elements in this season of fresh starts and setting goals — a search for a stoic equilibrium, the discipline to do what is right, perhaps to sacrifice for the future.