If you want to become a better person, my son, then you need to become conscious of your negative behaviors and attitudes and then work to alter them. The best way to do this is to internalize the Golden Rule: to really and actually treat others as you want to be treated yourself.
I suggest you begin small by modifying your driving habits. [click to continue…]
If there is one thing I’ve learned in my life, it is that choices have consequences. Life is like a lot of things, but one thing it is not like is a Road Runner cartoon. In the wonderful world of animation, no matter how many times Wile E. Coyote falls of a cliff and is smashed to smithereens, he always gets up in the next scene and begins his chase all over again.
Would that it were so easy to erase our foolish choices and rash decisions! [click to continue…]
As you begin your college career, please keep in mind that there are two wrong ways to read a Great Book. One wrong way is to bow before it and treat everything it says as incontestable truth. The other wrong way is to dismiss it out of hand as an old fashioned artifact that can have little to teach someone living in the twenty-first century.
The right way to read a Great Book—whether it was written by Homer, Virgil, or Dante, Plato, Aristotle, or Cicero, Augustine, Aquinas, or Luther, Chaucer, Shakespeare, or Milton, Austen, Dickens, or Dostoevsky, Tolkien, Lewis, or Chesterton—is to treat it as a lathe against which to hone your ideas and beliefs. [click to continue…]
I once read in an article that a significant percentage of people who bring a coupon with them to a restaurant never actually use it. A wealth of proverbial wisdom lies hidden in that little statistic. Most people are self-conscious about how others perceive them. The fear they will be perceived as “cheap” if they use a coupon will often outweigh the savings they would gain if they did.
If you want to live happily and successfully on a budget—and thus not fall into that modern form of slavery we call debt—then you must alter your attitude as much as your behavior. The greedy desire to have more and more is not the only thing that pushes us off our budget. [click to continue…]
If you want to spare yourself a future filled with headaches and frustrations, my son, then listen carefully and do not forget what I am about to say. Men and women are different. We think differently, we react differently, and we interact with ourselves and the world differently.
In college, many of your professors will try to teach you that men and women are essentially the same and that the so-called differences between us are a mere product of socialization. There is no such thing, they will tell you, as masculinity and femininity. It’s only because we give boys trucks to play with and girls dolls to play with that we seem to be different.
This, of course, is pure balderdash. [click to continue…]
The essence of masculinity can be summed up in three words that form a triangle: courage, leadership, and responsibility.
The true man does not need to be physically strong, but he needs to stand up for what he believes. He does not have to control armies or nations, but he must be able and willing to make difficult decisions. [click to continue…]