Why would someone who seemed to have it all, and whose future seemed so bright, be prepared to relinquish it all with such tragic finality? No matter the magnitude or frequency of our achievements; no matter how many testimonies we have shared or witnessed, we remain at our core, fragile.
With All the Negativity in the Headlines Today, Isn't It Nice to Read a Positive Story for Once? Starring Tay Tay and Tim Tebow
Tay Tay sings on the radio "And the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate" – and I am reminded quickly how men of my generation should never say the words, "Tay Tay." How about another name with double "T's," like Tim Tebow and the Tim Tebow Foundation?
"Where was God then and where is God now?" Americans ask that question every September 11th and after every major tragedy—hurricanes, mass shootings, wildfires. "Where is God!" they cry.
To be honest, I had zero, zip, zilch, nada, no intention whatsoever in addressing, using breath on, giving attention to, opining or commenting on the recent conflagration that is Nike, Colin Kaepernick, and the NFL. Seriously.
In a move to help people re-assess their over-reliance on social media, the Royal Society for Public Health in London, England, has just launched a campaign—a "Scroll Free September"—amid growing concerns that our pre-occupation with social media is undermining our mental health. It is appealing to social media users across the globe to stop scrolling their social media sites for a whole month. This includes, but is not limited to, social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat.
The #MeToo movement is bringing needed light to the darkness of sexual abuse and assault, and underscoring a dark principle of human nature: people will often try to get away with whatever they think they can. The public unveiling of sexual selfishness and other evils that typically accompany this brand of egocentrism invites all of us to consider what is good, and why we should do it.
What do you and I have in common with Donald Trump, Barack Obama, and Hilary Clinton? That question may offend you at first, spike your heart-rate, or even inspire thoughts and feelings you're not particularly proud of. I assure you, though, there is something. But don't take my word for it, trust the Word of God.
By now most everyone has at least heard about, and likely had the opportunity to initially process, the news of Sen. John McCain's III (R-Ariz.) death on Saturday, August 25 from aggressive glioblastoma. Over the last 18 hours, McCain has been called a "War hero" by CNN politics and a "maverick" by CBS News. He has been called much worse on social media.
Last year, a homeless former Marine helping a stranded motorist with his last $20. In return, a "Gofundme.com" page was setup for him that raised over $400,000 to reward his kindness. But the story does not end there. Now, Bobbitt claims he does not have access to half the money and McClure is driving around in a new BMW. Everything about this story is sad.
Here's the thing. That whole idea of "blind devotion to duty" is wrong. It's a fallacy. It is laziness and poor judgment rolled into an excuse to not think or be responsible for one's own actions. Marines don't blindly follow orders. Marines have faith in their leadership, but back that faith up with training, intelligence, and a strong moral compass.
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