Uganda’s New Anti-Gay Law: Part of a Broader Trend in Africa. We are so afraid of those who are different from ourselves that we feel the need to outlaw their behavior. A useful stance if we’re protecting children from molestation, or keeping intoxicants out of the hands of people who might hurt others under their […]
This Research Proves Your Brain Just Wasn’t Built for Junk Food, Porn, or the Internet. It’s a long article. Bring popcorn. But it’s worth a read. Greg Ciotti doesn’t argue that we shouldn’t engage in any of these things–just that we should be aware of how they affect our brains, so we can make choices […]
Real artists ship. It’s not important if nobody sees it.
You get today. Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow is not guaranteed. What will you do with today? Will you seek victory–or comfort?
Peter Scott – Telegraph. Crime isn’t what I usually think of when I think of courage. But this guy certainly had some cajones. I think it’s his sheer audacity that I find intriguing. He broke into rich people’s houses or hotel rooms, and if discovered, he would brazenly announce, “it’s only me,” or “everything’s all […]
It’s become fashionable in this country to take the old-school approach to disagreement: I believe x, and if you do not, you are wrong and must be corrected. The facts at issue can only be interpreted one way, and failure to interpret them the way we do means our adversary is at best stupid, at […]
When someone wrongs us, we get angry. It’s really that simple. The greater the wrong, the greater the anger. And it’s easy to hold onto anger. If we don’t make an effort to get rid of it, it remains. It festers. It grows. Anger becomes a desire for retribution, for vengeance. It turns into resentment, […]
On Veterans Day, I talked about service members’ courage. I could say similar things about other groups: firefighters, police, merchant sailors, guys who work offshore oil rigs. But I left out a group that’s critical to success for all of them. It takes courage to be a family member left at home. Maybe as much, […]
Most of the time, we choose to fight when we don’t have to. Something makes us angry, our blood gets up, and we lash out. Or worse, we fight to be seen to fight, because we think it will make us look tough in front of the girl we want to impress. Or we think […]
There are times when we have no choice but to fight. There are times when, after all other options are off the table, our best choice is to strike first and strike hard. These times are exceedingly rare, but they are out there: When someone attacks you, and you fear for your life, and you […]