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Pillar One: Classics

Classics are original works of depth and substance -- writing, painting, sculpture, philosophy, music, theory, law, etc. -- that engage the student in the great questions of life.

They are works that have wide application and scope. They offer valuable ideas to a variety of cultures and times, and can be applied to nations as well as communities, families and individuals. They are timeless and their themes are universal.

These works change us and ask the hard questions that cut to the core of human nature and human institutions. They challenge us intellectually and emotionally, at times lifting and inspiring; at times tearing down and rearranging.

They are works of power that confront the extremes of human nature and invite students to choose between them. Classics are not dry or boring; they are alive and engaging. They should be studied, questioned, experienced.

Classics can be ancient or contemporary works.  What makes them classic is their contribution to the Great Conversation of the ages, not merely their age alone. 

The philosophical core of Western Civilization is defined by a canon of classical works that contains the cultural heritage of liberty. This core is indispensable to principled leadership and cannot be substituted. Its richness is unsurpassed and foundational. Beyond this are additional classics, but they are not necessarily classics for everyone. Nonetheless, all classics are works that we can read and study time and time again and still draw new lessons from them.

Next Pillar: Mentors

"To be ignorant of what happened before you were born is to be ever a child."
  — Cicero

"History, by apprising the people of the past, will enable them to judge the future . . ."                   —Thomas Jefferson

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