(1) Anderson, Justin M. The Value of the Useless: Why the Useless Are Often the Most Useful. Principium Institute Ethics Series 1. Mason, OH: Principium Institute, 2017. Description: This brief essay seeks to alter the way we approach realities that so often are discarded or disdained in our contemporary culture on account of their “being useless.” By exploring a classical distinction of human goods, open to both reason and faith, we uncover anew the reality of the good-in-itself (bonum honestum). Behind this enlightening idea sits a new way to perceive not only “the useless”, but various aspects of our lives and relationships. By linking all of this to beauty, to eternal life with God, and our own human longings, the reader will herein discover not only an dusted-off idea, but an opening of a new vista, a new path offered to see the useless as that which can have the greatest value in life.

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