Tomorrow begins the second year,

Tomorrow begins the second year, our Middler year. I can’t get over how quickly one year passed.
My biggest failing right now is discipline. I have regained all the weight I lost during my illness, which isn’t all bad, but I didn’t want to gain it all back from eating a poor diet, which is what I have done. Discipline in the way I eat. My sleeping patterns are all out of wack, which has to do in part to a very flexible schedule this past summer, and in part to Ashton, and in part to just not caring that much, but now, I have to. Discipline to go to bed and get up in a consistent manner – in bed by 10:30 pm and up by 5:30 am! Study, well, studying will be as studying is. Discipline to set aside ample time and to stay focused. Disciple with my health – to work out and run! Quiet-time, which I thing as a seminarian, is the most vital part of my life and day. This is perhaps my greatest failing of discipline. Discipline to be with God in that thin-space every morning in order to have peaceful and effective life. A life in order is a good thing indeed, especially if there is so much to be accomplished and that I want to accomplish. Too much stuff, really, to accommodate.
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This comes from the commencement

This comes from the commencement speech by Robert P. George, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence, Princeton University, to the graduating class at Hillsdale College. The speech is entitled, “Freedom and Its Counterfeit.” These are a couple excerpts from the speech I found particularly interesting.

"True freedom consists in the liberation of the human person from the shackles of ignorance, oppression and vice... What overcomes ignorance is knowledge, and the object of knowledge is truth - empirical, moral, spiritual.
"True freedom, the freedom that liberates, is grounded in truth and ordered to truth and, therefore, to virtue. A free person is enslaved neither to the sheer will of another nor to his own appetites and passions. A free person lives uprightly, fulfilling his obligations to family, community, nation and God. By contrast, a person given over to his appetites and passions, a person who scoffs at truth and chooses to live, whether openly or secretly, in defiance of the moral law is not free. He is simply a different kind of slave.
"The counterfeit of freedom consists in the idea of personal and communal liberation from morality, responsibility and truth. It is what our nation's founders expressly distinguished from liberty and condemned as 'license.' The so-called freedom celebrated today by so many... is simply the license to do whatever one pleases. This false conception of freedom - false because disordered, disordered because detached from moral truth and civic responsibility - shackles those in its grip no less powerfully than did the chattel slavery of old. Enslavement to one's own appetites and passions is no less brutal a from of bondage from being a slavery of the soul. It is no less tragic, indeed, it is in certain respects immeasurably more tragic, for being self-imposed.
"Counterfeit freedom is worse than fraudulent. It is the mortal enemy of the real thing. Counterfeit freedom can provide no rational account or defense of its own normative claims...
"But counterfeit freedom poses greater dangers still. As our founders warned, a people given over to license will be incapable of sustaining republican government. As our founders warned, a people given over to license will be incapable of sustaining a republican government. For republican government - government by the people - requires a people who are prepared to take responsibility for the common good, including the preservation of conditions of liberty.
"Listen... to President Fairfield.... at that ceremony on July 4th, 1853... 'Unrestrained freedom is anarchy. Restrained only by force and arms, is despotism; self-restrained is Republicanism...'
"The self-government that is the right of free men and women is truly a sacred trust."