Your talk about people who awakened you to what really goes on in the world and impacted you reminded me of a speech professor I learned from. One day in class, he asked everyone:
"What does fresh breath smell like?"
It was in that moment I realized how insidious advertising is as I examined my first thought for an answer to the question.
He also used CS Lewis' book, The Abolition of Man, as required course reading, which I still will go back and reread occasionally. It's a short book that argues against moral relativism and rejects the premise that you can't have axiomatic right and wrong. Highly recommended reading if either of you haven't run across it yet.
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