The first group of Mason Young Philosophers completed twelve hours of training in “Sustainable Leadership and Philosophy” last week. Participants discussed the relative merits of justice and mercy, loyalty and honesty, the interests of the individual and the interests of the community, and short- and long-run decisions and choices while climbing trees and outcroppings.
One of the natural metaphors used in discussions was trees: for their life-giving power (trees hold 50% of all life on the planet), their presence in the earth, on the ground and in the sky, their strength and resilience, and the many gifts they give to us in the form of oxygen, lumber for homes and furniture, paper, fruits and nuts, medicines and more.
There are still two sessions of the Young Philosophers’ Summer Academy coming up: July 21, 22 and 23, and July 28, 29 and 30. To reserve space call Jan at 832.878.4141 or Dr. Theisen at 325-320-5251.
Check out Texas Nature Project’s website at www.texasnatureproject.org. Or, come by and visit a while! 3226 US Hwy 87 South.
Photos: Myles Banner, Spencer Bierschwale, Shelby Seaquist and Kaitlyn Cavness.