About the Honor Blog

This blog has been created for the purpose of exploring controversial moral problems, using the concepts explored in The Book of Honor as a foundation. Since it seeks to tackle difficult problems, readers should approach it with serious minds and should expect to have their prejudices challenged. However, an element which is central to The Book of Honor is that there are things upon which all normal humans will agree. This blog seeks out those things - it focuses on areas of agreement, rather than disagreement, so that the discussion can remain positive even in the face of serious disagreements.

The Gratiae

One of the most important conclusions reached in The Book of Honor is that acting in a good and moral way means giving value to other persons. The things which represent that value are called the gratiae, and in The Book of Honor, we learn there are three of those things:
Vitality,
Liberty, and
Dignity.

Good actions are those which support human life, which recognize the freedom and dignity of other persons. Immoral, evil actions are those which deprive persons of their lives, deny them their freedom, and/or destroy their dignity.

The Virtues

The purpose of The Book of Honor is to establish a code of conduct, a set of factors which will guide persons toward honorable behavior. Those factors are summarized in the form of seven Virtues:
Wisdom,
Courage,
Compassion,
Discipline,
Industry,
Hope, and
Humility.

These Virtues are used to guide honorable behavior; a person who considers and applies the Virtues when making decisions, when taking action, will serve the gratiae - and act in a good, moral way.

About the Author

Hopefully most of your questions about me are answered by the About page. However, within the context of this blog, I think it also is important for me to point out that:

Inevitably, controversial subjects will touch upon the political arena. There is no way to remove all bias from a discussion - so I believe the best thing I can do is to let you know that I am Catholic, and inclined toward conservatism.

Previous Posts


Mar 25, 2020: Screen Time in Lockdown

Jan 17, 2020: Responding to Difficulties

Dec 18, 2019: The Dangers of Mixing Science and Religion

Oct 6, 2019: Seeking Civil Discourse

Aug 11, 2019: The Premise of the Movie The Hunt Is Appalling

Jul 29, 2019: Noisy Churches

Feb 11, 2019: Dads and Daughters

Dec 19, 2018: The Coarsening of the Public Discourse

Sep 5, 2018: The Catholic Scandal Revisited

Aug 22, 2018: This Month's Catholic Scandal

May 28, 2018: The Immorality of Virtue Signalling

May 1, 2018: Bill Cosby In The News

Mar 4, 2018: Loyalty

Feb 6, 2018: Omelas In Real Life

Jan 7, 2018: The Honor of Science

Nov 24, 2017: Welcome to the Honor Blog!

The Honor Blog

Today is: Apr 10, 2020
Post From: Mar 25, 2020

Screen Time in Lockdown

All right - it has been a very long time between posts. That happens to me a lot - things are busy, and this is one of the things which winds up moving backward. However, now that we have lots of enforced time at home, I am hoping to post a few things here.

Something which struck me today was a headline I noticed about "screen time". Giving credit where it is due, the headline of the article is "At This Crazy Moment, Screens Are Proving Our Salvation", and it was written by Karol Marcowicz for the New York Post (dated March 22, 2020).

I encourage you to read the article (linked here) - it is quite good. The premise is exactly what you would expect from the headline - thank goodness our technology allows us to function with as much normalcy as it does! And Ms. Marcowicz is right. As a Math teacher, I find that I am able to present materials to my students on-line, and with a few videos added, I think we are doing pretty well. Honestly, I think my students are getting everything they need to learn as much as they would have in my classroom. This will not be true of all school situations of course - there are subjects which do not work quite as well - I think discussion-based classes are more difficult to work into an on-line form, and 3D art will be a challenge. My wife is a kindergarten aide - teaching kindergarten on-line really is a challenge.

Despite its imperfections, though, the fact of the matter is that we are able to accomplish a lot of what we need as a result of the technology. Twenty years ago, this simply would not have been possible.

I don't want to take anything away from that positive view - we are very fortunate to be living in the time we are living. Technology has allowed us to continue a level of function which is quite high, which is good for everyone.

While I want to emphasize that positivity, though, I also want to express the hope that we view our technology as a work-around, rather than as a replacement. One of the negative consequences of technology is that many people wind up putting time into the technology that they might have spent with other people - the technology has a tendency to insulate us from one another. That is not healthy - humans are meant to be together, meant to connect with one another. I hope that when the corona virus has passed, that we will move the screens back into the background to connect with one another.

Much of the reason that screens are positive now is that we are in a time when we MUST isolate ourselves, so screens allow us to function within that isolation. But when the time comes that we do not have to isolate ourselves, it is going to be important that we do not.