The First Manifestations of Logos

One of the first things that a newborn learns is that its voice, its cry, can affect the world and bring something broken back into alignment. I’ve been present for the birth of eight babies, including one that I caught in the bedroom of my home before emergency personnel could arrive, so I can say with reasonable certainty that the …

The “Metagame” is Another Finger Pointing to the Moon, Not the Moon Itself

To begin to understand the metagame, the first thing to realize is that to call it the “metagame” is just a tool pointing to a complex concept that doesn’t quite lend itself to the words we have available to us. You could call the concept something different, and I probably will over time. For example, another way of explaining the …

The Metagame

06 Dec 2018 One way of perceiving life is that it is a series of games. There are all kinds of games taking place simultaneously in life. The game of getting good grades in school. The game of keeping your body healthy. The game of progressing within your company. The game of social standing within your peer group. Each of …

How to Answer the Question: What’s the Right Thing to Do?

05 Dec 2018 When you’re trying to decide what the right thing to do is, a powerful guiding exercise is to ask yourself a series of questions. You can begin by imagining someone who really cares about you and your wellbeing and asking what they would want for you in a given situation. That may give you some possibilities. Then …

Two Approaches to Religion

04 Dec 2018 There is a fundamental difference between religious people that has to do with the manner in which they see their own religion and other religions. Some religious people see religion as a set of facts or acts that they must adhere to (believe in, have faith in) or engage in order to gain some type of salvation or …

My Pop and Bro Pilot a United 787 to Osaka (much sushi consumed)

My Dad and brother are both United Pilots, and through a series of fortunate events they were able to accomplish my Dad’s long-shot dream of being able to fly the same plane, the 787, and the same trip together. This is a story about living the principles of manhood over the long haul of decades dedicated to a craft and …

Warrior (movie/film) — Men Taking Responsibility

The movie Warrior is one of my favorites, top 10 for sure. This is my video essay about it. It’s a manly man’s movie, but it’s got a lot of heart and a lot to say about manhood and how to be a man. Especially about the value of taking responsibility, despite arguments to the contrary.

Ideal Manhood to the Bottom and Back — The Story of Joseph of Egypt — Gladiator Pt. 3

 Podcast: 28 February 2018 In the second act of the movie Gladiator, we find the character Maximus at the lowest point imaginable. His jealous brother Commodus, who idolized him, sought to destroy him and everything he valued, rather than learn from him. Maximus is beat down and we question whether the former ideal man still lives within him. Maximus: …