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When people hear that I teach philosophy in college, I’m often met with one of two responses: “Oh, I loved my philosophy class in college!” or “Ugh, I hated my philosophy class.” There are very few ‘tweeners, very few ‘Eh, I could take it or leave it’. And I can understand where each side is coming from. When pressed, most would say that their opinion of the class hinged on their assessment of the professor, not really the curriculum. I’ve had wonderful professors who took some of the most…Continue
SGT Bowe Bergdahl has been in the news quite a bit recently. A week after his return to US forces, he still is the lead on many television news broadcasts. And everyone, and I mean everyone, seems to have an opinion on Bowe.
He has been called a hero who served honorably. He has been called a deserter. He has been called a traitor. Many have questioned the imbalance of ‘the trade’. Many object to ‘negotiating with terrorists’. Many have wondered whether this will act as an…Continue
There’s a guy I know (or have interacted with online) who recently had an epiphany. He would no longer sacrifice honesty for diplomacy. He would no longer emphasize tact over truth. He felt that, owing to a profound sense of integrity, he wasn’t going in for mealy-mouthed half-measures any longer.
For years, I guess, his comments were measured and deliberate. He headed up a military support group, and spearheaded an organization that offered counsel and fraternity to a certain…Continue
It was at some point this past winter that I realized something about military living, or at least what military living does to me: Having to move every few years diminishes or blunts one’s sense of ownership and connectedness with one’s local area. Military living makes us all transients, and like any transient, we’re not all that concerned with what’s happening in and around our temporary living quarters. Military living disincentivizes a deep concern with one’s current home and…Continue