The Personalist Project

In his recent talk on von Hildebrand and superabundant finality, Jules distinguished among different kinds of "superabundant finality". Some superabundant goods of sex (i.e. children) are much more important and central to its essence than others (such as, say, stress relief). He drew an analogy with an ancient apple tree at our home in New Hampshire. He said that its apples are its fruit in a much deeper and fuller sense than other real superabundant gifts connected to the tree, such as shade and fun for boys. I thought those who listened might like a visual. This is the tree he had in mind.

Comments (3)

Tom Gourlay

#1, Jul 26, 2013 2:55am

Thank you for the visual. It is a glorious tree!

I was at the seminar, and thoroughly enjoyed Jules' presentations. Thanks you

Jules van Schaijik

#2, Jul 26, 2013 8:30pm

Thanks Tom. I have a love/hate relationship with that tree. It looks great, and is great fun for the kids. But it makes growing and mowing the grass very difficult.

By the way, I just saw the facebook page of the Chesterton Society.  Looks very promising.

Tom Gourlay

#3, Aug 18, 2013 8:55pm

haha, ours is

Not quite so established....

Our website has hit up against some delays. I'll let you know when it is up.

Thanks again Jules

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