Idea of a Village Conference
June 1st, 2019
Friendship: In Pursuit of the Good Life
"...We could further call friendship the art of happiness, recognizing that it is not just one art among others. It has unique position in its connection to virtue and holiness, to human fulfillment and happiness."
The world is fragmenting at a rapid pace. Communities and families are breaking down, and individuals are finding themselves more isolated and lonely than ever before.
Wise men and saints have taught for millennia that friendship is not just an option but a necessity for a happy and virtuous life, and despite the claims of our individualistic age, we need relationships to thrive, grow in virtue, and experience lasting happiness.
Deep friendships do not come easily, however. Friendship is an art that must be cultivated and maintained.
Join us for the fourth annual Idea of a Village conference as we discuss and discover the essential role of friendship in our pursuit of the good life.
"Then let us love one another and laugh. Time passes, and we shall soon laugh no longer—and meanwhile common living is a burden, and earnest men are at siege upon us all round. Let us suffer absurdities, for that is only to suffer one another."
Hilaire Belloc, The Path to Rome
Master of Ceremonies
A faithful friend is a sturdy shelter; he who has found one has found a treasure. — Sirach 6:14