Living Heroically

What does it mean to Live Heroically?      This is not a question most people think much about or ask themselves, since most of us think of “heroes” and “heroics” as referring to other people. Even “real heroes” think that way! But making this question personal by  asking ourselves: “Am I living heroically? How…

Heroism – Its Entitlements and Responsibilities

This essay appears in the current edition of Naval Special Warfare’s Ethos magazine.  The essay was inspired by discussions I’ve had with colleagues about the challenges SEALs now face, being in the spotlight as the new American heroes and media darlings.  This can be pretty heady stuff with some new and unfamiliar challenges for young men who have been trained…

S/he’s got class…

A friend of mine is planning a book about the concept of ‘having class’  or ‘being a class act’ and what that means to different people. He asked me for my thoughts, and after going back and forth between several ideas, I came up with the following:  I believe the concept of ‘class’ has to…

The Head and the Heart

A reading group I’m in recently read Chuck Palahniuk’s Fight Club.   It was great fun, and in thinking about the book, it occurred to me that one way to consider Palahniuk’s message was in terms of the Head versus the Heart.  The narrator of the book, the Ed Norton character in the movie, is all ‘Head’…

On Heroes and Heroism

We hear the word ‘hero’ a lot these days and that set me to thinking. Last week, I attended a dinner hosted by the Naval Special Warfare Foundation at which there was much talk of heroes, referring to the actions of some of the SEALS in the War on Terrorism. I happened to sit with…