In logic, an affirmation expresses a positive judgment. It predicates a subject in order to substantiate its truthfulness. The comments contained here provide a standing metric that affirms, for all to see, what AHI has accomplished as it enters its second decade of existence.

These affirmations also qualify as testaments in the sense that they evidence an organizational commitment to legacy and covenant. Obligations and responsibilities come with citizenship; “No tradition, however worthy,” as our mission statement makes clear, “grows richer or stronger by lying fallow.” The best of a living tradition must be nurtured and cultivated from one generation to the next.

In our view no thinker better expressed the significance of intergenerational inheritance than Edmund Burke. Society is indeed “a partnership in all science; a partnership in all art; a partnership in every virtue, and in all perfection. As the ends of such a partnership cannot be obtained in many generations, it becomes a partnership not only between those who are living, but between those who are living, those who are dead, and those who are to be born.”

These affirmations neither exhaust nor complete the list. Future programming will bring additional contributors, and other beneficiaries of AHI programming from whom we have not yet heard are encouraged to send us their commentary to be added to the page.