"Welcome to the forums, Mike, and glad to see another young man (just turned 22 myself) on the path of self-improvement. Also, love the "syndrome" phrase. I might just use it down the road to explain why I've taken such a…"
"Alright iam going to be a dick who says it. You can try to be like Bond but you will not be him. The first reason is that he is a fictional idealised book/TV character. He never takes a shit, never says something stupid and never strikes out on a…"
"success along the way?
I think for past generations - our parents and grandparents, depending on your age - success was defined as making a better life for your children. We lost that perspective and are so self focused we can't imagine…"
"Mike - I honor your vulnerability in asking this question. I think the answers various men give that are a sign of how prevalent the 'boys in men's body' / Baskin syndrome is. Some men recognize it - others have no idea.
There is lots…"
"Being James Bond is a boy's dream, not a man's.
IMO, if Bond is your idol, you aren't ready to be a man. It's fiction. No one is completely satisfied with their career in the worst of times except one dimensional characters like…"
"Um, Bond isn't at the policy level. Bond is the blunt instrument of destruction with a refined gentleman's veneer.
He's literally the junior officer who boards the sinking U-boat with every intention of shooting anybody…"
"I don't think they had to wait years for most of it. I think they had a mentality of setting goals, setting resources to those goals and making it work, focused on those goal.
They also enjoyed success ALONG the way. The key…"
"Fantastic response, David. My dad was/is a Bond fanatic and I'm only now realizing why after years of thinking, "But...shouldn't he be more discrete as a secret agent?"
The thing I enjoyed about the restart is that it really…"
"Mostly basing it Craig's performance in Skyfall (which is especially interesting when you contrast that with his character in Casino Royale) but I've always considered Sean Connery as one of the classiest men in the world."
"I use the term Maxim Boys, but Baskins is about the same. The good thing is that the Maxim's market share is falling. The Maxim boy aesthetic is falling out if favor. It is no longer the ideal to sit on the kick it, drink…"
"The EU was founded for the benefit of trade not non-violence. Also, if by left you mean in favour of a centralised, unelected bureaucracy, then yes, I would agree. The EU is more left than America (or Canada or even quite a few of its own citizens…"
"Yeah, mature point...
"Anyway, what I was referring to was, that massive defense spending the US has, isn't because we are defending ourselves, it's because we are defending the entire free world. The reason Europe is able to…"
"Anti-gun and non-violence isnt a liberal left view here it is mainstream. And one of the reasons why germany didnt participate in the invasion of iraq, despite not buying some of the evidence that a overfunded intelligence agency did produce.
""...but if it wasn't for us providing the bulk of their defense, the world would be spending a lot more."
I don't know that I'd agree it to be the "bulk of their defense" in each and every case, but that it is…"
"In your regard to you comment on the difference between the West Bank and Gaza, your a bit off with your analysis of the situation and have several errors in what you stated.
The decrease in terror emanating from the West Bank has to do with…"