Benedict Kinnison is a Junior at Benedictine College in Atchison Kansas where he is studying Political Science along with Economics and Theology. He is originally from St. Louis and will passionately defend his hometown to anyone. There, he was raised in the Church and fell in love with the beauty of creation through studying, hiking, swimming, traveling, and working with children. The beauty of a loving society brought him to Benedictine College where he became involved in an after school tutoring program and the World Youth Alliance. Benedict is interning at the Center for Family and Human Rights where he hopes to develop his understanding of, and defend human dignity. After completing his degree, he hopes to continue to seek and defend truth in a career in law or politics.
“Man is by nature a social animal; an individual who is unsocial naturally and not accidentally is either beneath our notice or more than human. Society is something that precedes the individual. Anyone who either cannot lead the common life or is so self-sufficient as not to need to, and therefore does not partake of society, is either a beast or a god.”
― Aristotle, Politics
To be is to be in relation. Western Culture often highlights individuals and prioritizes the one over the many. However, this tendency can direct us against our existence. Everything that we do as human beings, including exist, is done in relation to others and affects society. From waking up, to enjoying running, to having parents, all our actions and all that makes us who we are is done in relation to others. Moreover, being social cultivates our nature. It helps us form and grow as people in addition to bringing us joy. Existing with others is our nature and we must do it to advance our world and find happiness. This is a truth revealed by the Trinity and can be proven throughout daily life. Harming relationships with others damages our existence and the belief that one’s actions are isolated is a misconception that hurts our being. We are, “out of many, one.”
One of the most threatening and least talked about issues that our world faces today is declining fertility rates. Most of the world is now experiencing a phenomenon known as the 2.1 problem, where societies fail to sustain themselves through reproduction. 2.1 is the number of children per woman needed to replace any population. When […]
Last week I had the privilege of attending my first official Executive Board Meeting at the United Nations. I was excited to witness real discussion between the leaders of the world on how to solve our biggest problems. The meeting was led by the United Nations Development Programme and was scheduled to discuss how to […]
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