Rights were invented to eliminate as many obstacles to personal freedom as possible. They were not meant to give or grant us anything, only to remove as many obstructions as possible from the path forward. Rights were invented in parallel with a sense of duty. Our early founding thinkers understood that the idea of rights is only possible when everyone feels a sense of obligation and duty to the collective good. Rights are not meant to hold your hand or coddle you. They are meant to support your desire to stand tall with a sense of duty to yourself and your community.Read More
Few phrases captivate the modern mind like “the pursuit of happiness.” With life and liberty are assured, this becomes the de facto point of most people’s existence. Yet for something so central to our choices, it is surprising how little we understand about what will make us “happy.”
Nationally, the number of school shootings, drug overdoses, and suicides have been growing steadily for years. We have less inequality, less violence, more medications, more mandatory sensitivity trainings, more pleasure, and fewer pains. So what the hell is wrong with us?
As life grants more and more of our wishes people are finding that what they want is the problem. Pursuing happiness might not be such a great idea after all.
We see debate and discourse, the societal immune system to suss out and eliminate destructive ideas, being coopted and turned inward to attack the very structures and values that our country (and the rest of the Western world) stands on.Read More
When we diminish ourselves morally, we create habits that stand in the way of community and personal fulfillment. Look around. Litter is everywhere and in many forms. It is excessive smog created, grocery carts left, weights not racked, doors not held, and patience not offered. Yes, you can litter your toxic attitude. We’ve all had Debbie the Downer come suck the life out of a jovial room. Yet, likewise our attitudes can infuse the room with joy. Joking, smiling, and creative zeal offer contagious awesomeness.Read More