Both our bodies and minds crave comfort. We are all drawn to things that are comfortable and pleasurable. Every single one of us. As a result, we have to be on constant guard against living our lives in the pursuit of pleasure and comfort.[Read more…] about Facing Discomfort
Entering the Arena
Every boy needs to learn about Teddy Roosevelt. My oldest son is in fifth grade. His teacher recently assigned the class to pick out a historical speech and present it to the class. It didn’t have to be memorized, and there were really no other requirements. The teacher just wanted them to build their comfort level speaking in front of others. When my son told me about the assignment and asked which speech I would recommend, there was no doubt about what I was going to recommend: Teddy Roosevelt’s “Man in the Arena” speech. [Read more…] about Entering the Arena
The Softest Generation
There are more weak men now than ever before, and there’s no mystery as to why. At a time in which we are more connected to the entire globe than ever before in history, most of us are guilty of making our world too small. We primarily interact with the world through a screen. We talk to people through a screen. We consume information through a screen. We order food through a screen. Most of our entertainment consists of watching a screen.
We make sure that, while watching our screens, we are comfortable. Men have built the best “man caves” that money can buy so that we can be as comfortable as possible while entertaining ourselves, which typically involves watching others on a screen. Welcome to masculinity in 2017, living vicariously through others in the comfort of our recliner while eating processed crap until we fall asleep. [Read more…] about The Softest Generation
Leaving San Diego: A Call to Get Outside
They say the easiest job in the world is being a weatherman in San Diego – “uh, it’s gonna be nice.” In San Diego, you know most days are going to be 75 degrees and sunny. What’s interesting is that, regardless of where we live, most of us are no different: we spend almost every passing hour at a comfortable temperature.
At home, we set our thermostats where we want them. When we get in our car, we have heat for the winter (and now heated seats) and AC in the summer. Hell, some cars even have different temperature settings for the driver and the passenger! We have temperature controlled environments at work, supplemented by personal heaters to make sure we feel just right all the time. We’ve arranged our lives to make sure that we almost never have to be uncomfortable. It’s pretty great. Except that it makes us extremely averse to being outside. [Read more…] about Leaving San Diego: A Call to Get Outside