On Strength: A Philosophical Dialogue

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INTRODUCTION

On Strength is the story of Youth. He has many strengths. But he also has vulnerabilities. Director and Father explore a variety of topics with him in hopes of encouraging him to tap his strengths and overcome his weaknesses.

The dialogue is in large part about building confidence, but doing so without crossing the line to overconfidence.

The characters discuss heart, mind, gut, and soul. But most importantly they talk about truth, truth in the broadest sense. Youth goes so far as to declare that truth can make you whole.

Director often probes and qualifies the statements of the other two characters. But he is not without limitations of his own. There are times when he might be expected to speak, or to say something in particular, but doesn’t. This gives some sense of the limits under which he operates.

Father seems to have the opposite problem, in that he occasionally speaks when one might think he should leave it to the others. But despite any shortcomings, his virtues should be clear. And his love for his son is obvious.

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