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Michael Pakaluk, an Aristotle scholar and Ordinarius of the Pontifical Academy of St. Thomas Aquinas, is a professor in the Busch School of Business at the Catholic University of America. …
New Year’s resolutions are typically an effort in self-control. But what if the best resolutions are those by which we relinquish control?
Allow me as a philosopher to begin with a taxonomy of resolutions, since some kinds of resolutions are better than others.
If I resolve not to eat between meals, or to put away machines when spending time with my family, I am making a merely “corrective” resolution. If I am successful, I simply put myself back to where I should be. I don’t improve myself but keep from getting worse.
Other resolutions are, let us say, “additive.” Suppose I resolve to put aside $50/week for a travel fund to make a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Here, each step adds to a previous step. It’s cumulative, and in that sense, I constantly improve my position. …