Moving from Nostalgia to Possibility

"Can you imagine a world without institution x?" This question often pulls at the heartstrings of those committed to a particular status quo. It's is a question intended to conjure up nostalgia and/or fear...to rally a base of people who want to see a given school or organization go on doing whatever it's doing even …

Why Self-Discipline Isn’t Enough to Reach Your Goals

My wife often points out my iron will. Once I decide to do something, I do it...particularly when it comes to fitness or physical challenges. I don't quit. While I would love to say that discipline is the secret sauce and that all you need is some raw determination to reach your goals, I don't …

Why I Probably Won’t Make a New Year’s Resolution (but I Will Make Resolutions in the New Year)

As we close in on 2019, the expected buzz about New Year's resolutions has come and, over the next few days, will have gone. I don't really have any problem with resolutions. As an aspirational exercise, I'm sure that it has some value. Maybe some people even follow through and keep their resolutions. That's not …

It’s on me?

Never Back Down is a reincarnation of the Karate Kid (I'm thinking the original Ralph Macchio/Pat Morita classic rather than the Jaden Smith/Jackie Chan reboot) substituting Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) for Karate. The film features an angry young kid (Jake) who moves to a new town and bonds with a local MMA coach (Roqua) after …

The Priesthood

In Total Truth, Nancy Pearcey states, "...whoever has the authority to shape a culture's creation myth is its de facto "priesthood" with the power to determine what the dominant worldview will be." She goes on to offer a helpful treatment of science and its ongoing and unwavering philosophical commitment to materialism, particularly in relation to …