The sub-title of this book is "Living an Examined, a Disciplined and a Charitable Life." In this book I focus on teaching traditional values, an area in which schools appear to have become the last line of defense. Socrates' admonitions to "Live and Examined Life" and to "Know thyself!" provide two of the central themes. The generic "do's and don't" in the Ten Commandments are another. St. Paul's appeal for charity establish still another.
The book discusses what several philosophers and psychologists have said and written about the nature and the limitations of human understanding. The question as to whether we can know anything with absolute certainty might lead to class discussions and projects centered on fanatacism and intolerance and their counterparts.
The book also deals with various theories concerning human personality structure - most important being Dr. Freud's Id, Ego, and Super-Ego. Young people are asked to consider how their Ids and Egos influence their behavior and how the quality of their lives will improve if they develop a more functional Super Ego. Learning to care for others as oneself is, as St. Paul put it, is what one does with he puts aside the things of a child and becomes a man. (The word "man" is, of course, used in a generic sense.)
Even though I look upon this as a textbook, I have not usurped the teacher's prerogatives by presenting assignments. Those who use this textbook are encouraged to treat my comments as stimuli for free ranging and critical discussions and for developing classroom activiities and assignments of their own.