Watching the news this morning about the Paris terrorist attacks, my thoughts wandered. I began to wonder about the motivation of the Americans and Europeans of non-Middle Eastern ethnicity who have…Continue
For those who use activity trackers … which is your preferred device? I have a Fitbit One which I have found useful. However, I do a fair amount of running and I would like a device that tracks…Continue
"Hello Cory and welcome to AoM. I have the impression you are a loving father and husband; I applaud you on that. I've no doubt you are a fine role model for your son. I have a daughter and two sons and I'm quite proud of…"
"I like all three of your alternatives. The first two are pithy and, so, have the virtue of being easy to remember -- a useful quality for a code that serves as a lodestar for one's daily behavior.
The third is more akin to what I…"
"I like everything in your manifesto....but it's too much for a "code". Examples:
The Templar Code
Be without fear in the face of your enemies.
Stand brave and upright, that the Lord may love thee.
Speak the truth always, even…"
Has anyone here tried his hand at creating a “code of honor” for the modern, chivalrous man? Drawing inspiration from some of Brett’s posts as well as from “The Compleat Gentleman: The Modern Man’s Guide to Chivalry” by Brad Miner, I thought I would give it a shot. Below is my attempt (and, I reiterate, only an “attempt”) at a “gentleman’s manifesto.” The Gentleman’s ManifestoI solemnly swear to live as a complete gentleman — that blend of warrior, lover, scholar, and chivalrous man who…See More
"I'd be hard pressed into trying to find a unifying reason as opposed to a varying amount of them.
In my opinion I believe the increased level of radical muslim extremists can be seen in a number of reasons. One of them being the greater…"
"I think the general answer is "The most effective recruitment for jihad is whatever the party I don't like in my country does."
To avoid that kind of silliness, we'll need some hard data. Imagining it won't do it.
""Could the laissez-faire boundary-lessness of modern Western culture be at the root? With people adrift in nations that have few culturally imposed limits, restless youths are searching for something, anything, larger than themselves to believe…"
Watching the news this morning about the Paris terrorist attacks, my thoughts wandered. I began to wonder about the motivation of the Americans and Europeans of non-Middle Eastern ethnicity who have traveled to Iraq to enlist with the jihadists. In some respects, it would be simplistic to reduce their varied rationales to a single motive. Still, I can't help but believe there to be an underlying commonality. Some shared disenchantment, perhaps? I thought of Brett's essay on anomie. Could the…See More
"Iron sharpens iron." A place for men to impact each other by debate and exchange of ideas. This is a group where no ideas are off limits. If your motto is, "I never talk about politics or religion," this group is probably not for you. A "gym" for thinkers.See More
For those who use activity trackers … which is your preferred device? I have a Fitbit One which I have found useful. However, I do a fair amount of running and I would like a device that tracks heart rate, etc., to give me better data on and help me track workout intensity. I have heard the Basis Peak may be the best. I would like to hear the thoughts of those who use it. Does it work as well as advertised? If you were to buy again, would you choose the Basis or another tracker?Thanks.See More
Hi John. Welcome to AoM. Also, thought I'd give you a friendly invite to check out my relatively new group, The Great Debate. Just click on "Groups." It's the one with the colorful galaxy picture. It's also one of the most active groups on AoM. In any case, great to have you aboard.
"Categorizing--or differentiating--is simply a systematic process. Criticizing, marginalizing, hating, etc., involve emotional and moral content. I see nothing wrong with the former as long it does not lead to the latter."
"This is a nice story. My last two relationships have been similar (this includes my current one), and the other one lasted a year and a half. As great as I am sure 'L' is, you have to make decisions based on what is best for you. That…"
Hey folks, quick question here.I'm a Canadian from Ontario finishing up a master's in the UK before returning to the home country for professional school. Things are good and I'm very lucky.Before I left in September I got to know one of the girls at my undergrad uni a bit better. Let's call her L. I've known who L. was for a while, but didn't really speak to her much: different years and programs. We were at a party together and spent the whole night talking and flirting, and I would have…See More