If Kids Can’t Choose Their Teachers, Then We’d Better Stop Making Excuses For Bad Teaching

Kids can’t choose: To be born To go to school (until age 16, in most U.S. states) Their teachers This automatically means that teaching is one of the most profound moral enterprises  imaginable other than parenting because of how little freedom the kids have. Why is slavery such an abomination to almost all people in modern society? Because we can’t […]

Teddy Tells Us: Stop Trying To Be Extraordinary, Just Do What Others Won’t

This post was originally published on Young Men’s Nation. I love Teddy Roosevelt. You should too. He was a skinny, asthmatic weakling as a kid but believed that he could overcome this through mental focus and hard work. And he did, to become the 26th President of the United States. He came from a wealthy background but was always sure to […]

Tell Peyton Manning and Volkswagen: Dishonesty Always Catches Up To You

This post was originally published on Young Men’s Nation. As the Peyton Manning and University of Tennessee sexual assault scandal continues to gather momentum after Super Bowl 50, I think it’s time we address a simple little law of living with other human beings in society: Dishonesty only works in the short-term.  It makes sense, and aren’t you glad of it? Try living […]

A Quick Guide To “Having Integrity”

This post was originally published on Young Men’s Nation. What does “having integrity” actually mean? I suspect you guys can’t answer that question very easily. Not to worry, because I imagine most adults much older than you can’t either. Dictionary definitions usually mention something to the effect of being honest and “firmly adhering to sound moral principles.” Wha? Let’s get practical here. […]

Don’t Be Ashamed of Taking Antidepressants; They Changed My Life

This post was originally published on Young Men’s Nation. I’m 36 years old (as of January 2016). I’ve been seeing a therapist every week since 2010 and I can safely say that I’m finally the man I always wanted to be largely because I’ve been in therapy. The best way to describe what medication can do…is that it turns down the […]

The Dalai Lama Reminds Us Sadness Never Really Goes Away

This post was originally published on Young Men’s Nation. Everything is complicated in life. Everything. Which is why the Buddha’s first Noble Truth was “life is suffering.” Because either you admit that everything is extremely complicated, which means there’s no easy answers, and therefore you have to work really hard to live a life of meaning and quality (suffering) or you deny […]

WaPo Journalist Smacks Childish NFL Players Upside The Head With Man Wisdom

This post was originally published on Young Men’s Nation. Colbert I. King, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist for the Washington Post, wrote a brief yet striking opinion piece this past Friday about why he’s not looking forward to the upcoming NFL football season. What we loved was how this awesome  former everything (Army officer, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Treasury Department, Executive […]

We Came As Romans Remind Us To Just Keep Searching

This post was originally published on Young Men’s Nation. I’m a fan of the metal, dudes, and also of bands who sing about the aspects of human existence that are complicated and require persistence to figure out. Enter We Came As Romans, a metalcore band from Michigan, with their song “Hope” off of their 2011 album Understanding What We’ve Grown To Be.  […]

Thanks Nada Surf: Read These Five Words Any Time You’re Down

This post was originally published on Young Men’s Nation. There’s a band called Nada Surf who had a couple of radio hits in the 90’s, including “Popular” that you may still hear once in a while on the radio or on some 90’s alternative rock playlist on Spotify. They kept soldiering on, though, and in 2004 released an album called “The Weight Is a Gift.” […]

Dwyane Wade Avoids Trappings of Stardom, Chooses Involved Fatherhood

This post was originally published on Young Men’s Nation. You want to know what’s awesome? A superstar athlete foregoing all the women and crazy champagne-fueled club nights and just being a dad. Enter Dwyane Wade. Not that you guys need to be thinking about kids yet, but just take a look at a guy who could be focusing on far […]