If Aristotle's Kid Had an iPod: New Book Offers Ancient Wisdom for Modern Parents
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ST. CLAIR SHORES, Mich., Dec. 11, 2012 /Christian Newswire/ -- Wisdom has no expiration date. Conor Gallagher has found that some of the best advice for childrearing was from philosophy that is unsurpassed after nearly 2,400 years -- Aristotle's.
Gallagher's book, If Aristotle's Kid Had an iPod: Ancient Wisdom for Modern Parents follows Aristotle's philosophy for helping kids to become virtuous, develop true friendships, and become truly happy. It translates Aristotle's concepts from his most famous work Nicomachean Ethics (named after both father and son) into a language everyone can understand. Born in 384 B.C. in Greece, Aristotle's many works are all considered masterpieces. After tutoring Alexander the Great, his pupil became one of the greatest emperors of all time. "Wisdom in parenting comes down through the ages and was not invented after Woodstock by Dr. Spock," said Gallagher.
Gallagher, Vice President of St. Benedict Press and Tan Books, has a law degree and a masters in philosophy and is Executive Producer of Catholic Courses. He knows philosophy. Gallagher also knows children. He has eight of them. According to him, "Kids deserve more than just love. You need to understand human nature and play by its rules."
He explained, "It is a parent's responsibility to teach their children the purpose of their actions and constantly to remind them that the true destination is happiness with God." The book imparts wisdom on how to get there such as: "You can't train away your kid's nature -- you must embrace it," and, "You must desire the virtuous life to fully obtain it." Ancient lessons are applied to today's world including the question, would Aristotle let his kid use Facebook or an iPad, Xbox or iPod? Gallagher show the ways in which these things contradict his philosophy for instilling good virtues. "Quiet contemplation and time alone to think are by no means bad things, and Aristotle would support them, but jamming out to the iPod all day doesn't quite constitute deep thought." He cautions parents and explains the importance of not interfering with the healthy nurturing of human nature. "Suffice it to say, the average kid spends more time with his gadgets and TV than he does with other people. And that's not good."
Aristotle's wisdom is not always easy, such as overcoming a character flaw with virtue, but it offers hope. According to Gallagher, "Character flaws are an opportunity, not a curse or a disability. Your kid can change -- and so can you."