Liberal Education Works

The late philosopher Marcus Berquist once made a remark about how working with ones hands has a significant value for the one pursuing philosophy. I wish I could remember his words exactly- but the point was that hard work never hurt anyone – and don’t trust a philosopher who has no experience with honest labor. That is at least the way I understood it at the time.

Hence this posting in the “Liberal education at work” series.

Please be advised that I am not ready to defend this posture when using a sledgehammer. But I think whoever coined the phrase “back-breaking labor,” was certainly a man with sledgehammer experience.

Proper use of a sledgehammer? Ouch…maybe they should make these with longer handles?

After a full day I think I would have  opted for a jack hammer.

Next… an actual shovel ready job!

Liberal education and the “shovel ready job.”

After several weeks of buying 20 bricks at a time, we ended up with this. Now I just to have replant the grass along the sides.

Voila! Brick Pavers.

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About marklangley

Academic Dean at The Lyceum (a school he founded in 2003, see theLyceum.org) Mark loves sacred music and Gregorian Chant and singing with his lovely wife, Stephanie, and their twelve children.
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One Response to Liberal Education Works

  1. Margie says:

    That is great, Mr. Langley! 🙂
    Yes, it does seem that manual labor has significant value to contemplation; St. Benedict certainly thought so! Though why do you think that is? Both rest and labor seem to aid the intellectual pursuits. I wonder why…

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