The Thinker (Le Penseur) is an easily recognizable icon for intellectual activity and that's how I'm using it today.
I followed suit by listening to George Grant challenge a crowd to don their thinking caps.
The enthusiasm is catching!
Which in turn made me ponder the characteristics and convictions of the citizens who would ideally comprise civilized society.
And one of my favorite authors, Russell Kirk, neatly defined the model with this short list of ten principles.
From this essay found at The Kirk Center
1) The conservative believes that there exists an enduring moral order.