The Virtue of Mirth…as explained by old theologians!
"Augustine says: 'I pray thee, spare thyself at times: for it becomes a wise person sometimes to relax the high pressure of attention to work.' (De Musica ii, 15) Now this relaxation of the mind from work consists in playful words or deeds. Therefore it becomes a wise and virtuous person to have recourse to such things at times. Moreover the Philosopher assigns to games the virtue of eutrapelia, which we may call 'enjoyment.' "
-Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologiae, II-II, 168, ii.
Musicals, conservatories, and museums, oh my!
You are 45 minutes from the Lake Michigan dunes (and zero minutes from other skiing, sledding, and swimming opportunities). Visit them.
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