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Aspects of the Human Person

October 31, 2005
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

At least since the time of Plato, philosophers have been speculating on the nature of the human person. However, while one may call this speculation, it is not a hollow academic exercise. For one's perspective on the human person determines one's action. And a "philosophy of man" widely held in society goes a long way to determining the nature of that society.

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Stand in solidarity, not solitude

November 7, 2005
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

In the late 1960s, Pierre Trudeau made his famous proclamation that the state has no business in the bedrooms of the nation. Trudeau's declaration summed up the prevailing sentiment in the Western world on the nature of human rights – that they represent a zone of privacy which no other force may invade.

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Shed your fears: Give to others

November 14, 2005
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The 17th century British philosopher Thomas Hobbes is generally regarded as the founder of the modern social contract theory. Hobbes often joked that he was born prematurely when his mother heard the approaching Spanish Armada in 1588. "Fear and I were born twins," he said, reflecting his conviction that the fear of death and the need for security are the basis of social organization.

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Property is basis for dignity

November 21, 2005
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The Catholic Church's teaching has long seen the right to property as the basis of any society rooted in the common good. A person makes part of the earth – or the goods of creation – his own through work and intelligence. That effort legitimizes his special claim to that part of creation.

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Put the power back on the street

November 28, 2005
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

If the 18th and 19th centuries in the Western world represented the growth of industrialization, the 20th century included serious attempts to overcome the human exploitation of the Industrial Revolution and to try to establish social justice.

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Solidarity sees God in everyone

December 5, 2005
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

At 82 years, life expectancy in Japan is the highest in the world.

A person can expect, on average, to have a healthy life of 75 in Japan before the ravages of disease and infirmity take over.

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Love is the key to all freedom

December 12, 2005
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

An addiction is any process or substance that begins to have control over us in such a way that we feel we must be dishonest with ourselves or others about it."

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The family is society's foundation

December 19, 2005
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

My visitor came to talk about doing business with the WCR. But once we finished that chat, he became even more energized by talking about the threats to the family in society.

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Marriage deftly weaves society's fabric

December 26, 2005
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

As the father of four young girls, I have been the witness to innumerable weddings. Our living room has seen marriages between puffalumps and dolls, between a wide variety of stuffed animals and even between two of my daughters (one of them pretending to be a man, of course).

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Family protects human dignity

January 16, 2006
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

People should be treated like subjects, not objects. That's another of those "motherhood statements" - a statement that everyone can agree with but one that is so often violated.

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