Not for Glory but for Brotherhood

By | April 20, 2021

[April 20, 2021]  Philosophers and great sages of times past have asked the same question and have found their answers imperfect.  “Why is it that men throughout history chose to die in battle with their friends rather than flee on their own and survive?” The answer?  Not for glory but for brotherhood. “The only thing that makes battle… Read More »

He Chose … Poorly

By | April 19, 2021

[April 19, 2021]  We’re all guilty of doing it, rushing through to a major decision.  Doing so is shortsighted, and it can affect us most regrettably.  In one of the Indiana Jones films, a bad guy hopes to obtain immortality by drinking from a golden, jewel-encrusted cup.  He dies.  The guardian of the cup says he chose …… Read More »

A Leader with an Apron

By | April 18, 2021

[April 18, 2021]  My maternal grandmother was fond of saying that we are placed here on this earth to help others.  She was a Christian, a mother of four children, and strong-willed.  We called her Bigmama, and she was a leader with an apron. “I won’t tell you how to be a good boy.  I’m telling you to… Read More »

Underestimating Intellectual Discipline

By | April 15, 2021

[April 15, 2021]  We all make mistakes, and I have certainly made enough myself.  One stands out in my preparation for a professional career.  Whether it was in college studying engineering or as a young lieutenant in the Army, I underestimated the intellectual discipline needed to achieve great things. Is the lack of intellectual discipline simply laziness?  I… Read More »

He Did His Duty: Prince Philip

By | April 13, 2021

[April 13, 2021]  To do your duty is an admirable trait.  It helps hold us together as humans and creates social bonds that allow trust to develop.  To highlight this fact may seem a bit obscure in the age of “evolving values,” but it is necessary to understand the significance of Prince Philip, a man who epitomized “duty… Read More »

Wearing Your Helmet

By | April 11, 2021

[April 11, 2021]  I am re-watching the 2001 HBO miniseries Band of Brothers and find that there scenes that I overlooked on my initial viewing.  One scene involves Lieutenant Lewis Nixon (played by Ron Livingston) when he takes a stray machinegun bullet to his head.  Fortunately, Nixon was wearing his helmet.  The scene can be seen here on… Read More »