All this blather about health and exercise. All this fastidious concern with vitamins and prescriptions. All this worry over living longer and Social Security and… well, living longer. Health without ideals is sickening, Mark Edmundson argues. Edmundson’s is a refreshingly honest Platonic defense of living for the sake of higher ideals. Huzzah! Hurray!
The reductio ad absurdum of health is nihilism. Living longer cannot, on its own, make life matter.
John Armstrong, In Search of Civilization (Minneapolis: Graywolf Press, 2011).
Andrew Taggart, “The Puzzle of Financial Prosperity and Spiritual Cultivation”