Mothers Are More Powerful Than Professors

“Are we prepared to defend democratic principles? Of course not.” ~Robert M. Hutchins

Robert M. Hutchins said this in 1940!  If society was steeped in relativism then, what about now?  As a mother, you may ask, “What can I do about it?”  The answer is more simple than you may think:  create a principle-centered home.

According to Mortimer Adler, those who teach are more influential than those who write a country’s novels and make its laws.  As a mother, you are your children’s most impactful teacher.

Listen to this episode to find out what you can do to recapture your children by showing them evidence of Natural Law through principle-based living.  See how you can build a strong foundation that will become a bedrock of strength, courage and faith for generations to come as you become a truth seeker who understands what principles are and knows how find and live them.

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5:19  Natural Law, the foundation of a truth seeker
7:04  C.S. Lewis’ effort to bring back Natural Law in Britain
10:50  Relativism in the United States
20:10  What can you do as a mom?
24:43  Why mothers are more powerful than professors
27:50  What mothers can do to recapture this generation

Quotes from this episode:

“Are we prepared to defend democratic principles?  Of course not.  For forty years and more our intellectual leaders have been telling us they are not true.  They have been telling us in fact that nothing is true which cannot be subject to experimental verification. In the whole realm of social thought there can, therefore, be nothing but opinion.  Since there is nothing but opinion, everybody is entitled to his own opinion…If everything is a matter of opinion, force becomes the only way of settling differences of opinion.  And, of course, if success is the test of rightness, right is on the side of the heavier battalions.” ~Robert M. Hutchins, 1940

“We must believe that man can discover truth, goodness, and right by the exercise of his reason, and that he may do so even as to those problems which, in the nature of the case, science can never solve…” ~Robert M. Hutchins

“If the teachers of the country, and more than the teachers, their higher-ups, are in this [relativistic] state of mind, can we expect the present generation to be otherwise?  Mr. MacLeish may think that those who write a country’s novels are more influential than those who make its laws.  I think that those who teach its youth are more, immeasurably more influential than either.” ~Mortimer J.Adler

“There is something we can do to recapture our children and more of this generation.  Our children…are being robbed of the evidence that would  buoy up their faith.  They don’t have the rational arguments for truth and natural laws.  And it’s because this started so long ago.  It has not been on the landscape for 100 years or more…Ultimately it has to be a movement, we have to do this together.” ~Audrey Rindlisbacher

“Our greatest need is the clearest understanding of what democracy means, the most patient rational articulation of its principles.  And I do not mean that this should be a rare secret, possessed by the favored few who have written books on the subject.  I mean it should belong to the masses.  [The schools’] aim must be the same as that of the church and the home, namely, the development of the moral virtues.” ~Mortimer J. Adler

“You and I can start now.  We can move forward.  We can train our minds and our hearts, and we can train ourselves to better lead our families.  We can be truth seekers who understand what principles are, who know how to find, delineate, and live them and build strong foundations that become a bedrock of strength and courage and faith for future generations.” ~Audrey Rindlisbacher

“To claim truth for what one is saying is not to be intolerant of others who may differ, for we can try to speak the truth ‘with malice toward none and charity for all,’ but not unless we have ‘firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right.'” ~Mortimer J. Adler

“Educate yourself to build the ‘firmness and right’ you need to be the mission driven mom you were meant to be.” ~Audrey Rindlisbacher

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