Borrowed Greatness

In a world governed by men who are naked and ashamed, success is measured by material prosperity, physical prowess, and the size of one’s tribe. Rather than valuing that which distinguishes him in the natural world – his ability to perfect reason and embody virtue – his highest aim is to accumulate the trappings of …

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The Comfort Drug

There is a particular type of discomfort which accompanies personal growth. I say "particular" because it is different than the discomfort that comes from failure, dishonesty or disobedience. It is more like the "good burn" you get from an intense workout than the aches and pains which follow periods of sustained idleness. Your tolerance for …

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Uncompromising Living

One of the great secrets of living is this: if you live radiantly, truly radiantly, then you will begin to recognize compromises you have made in your expression of who you really are and abandon those compromises forthwith. To be sure, true expression is tempered by many things, not the least of which is the …

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Duty-First

"The things that will destroy America are prosperity-at-any-price, peace-at-any-price, safety-first instead of duty-first, the love of soft living, and the get-rich-quick theory of life." - Theodore Roosevelt Call it a midwestern bias, but to my mind the most important quality of the American spirit is the notion of "duty-first." Moreover, the degree to which an …

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