The Loss Of Confidence, And The Infliction Of Shame (Podcast)

There are two things that can be especially harmful to an individual or to a society:  a loss of confidence, and the acquisition of a consuming sense of shame.  How many people do we know who have been set adrift after losing their sense of purpose, or after acquiring a sense of guilt?  The same crisis can affect nations and societies.  What are these qualities, and why are they so deleterious? We analyze and discuss.

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Footprints Leading In, But None Coming Out (Podcast)

A reader is concerned that hanging around with a certain group of friends might get him into problems or trouble.  He is unsure how to deal with the situation, and asks for some guidance on the best course of action.  For some people, this is an easily-handled situation, but for others, it is not.  We relate a relevant fable, and discuss.

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It’s Your Job To Set The Record Straight (Podcast)

After reading Charles Leerhsen’s excellent biography of baseball player Ty Cobb (Ty Cobb:  A Terrible Beauty), it’s clear that each of us is responsible for making sure that misinformation and lies do not go unanswered.  Even if you are not a baseball fan–maybe especially if you are not a baseball fan–there are very important life lessons to be learned here.

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Two Recent Questions From Readers (Podcast)

In this podcast we deal with two recent emails. One email asks about the military:  what lessons did I learn, and how did it change me.  Another email is from a man asking about what subjects he should be studying in college, and what sort of career he should pursue.  There are no easy answers to these questions, but just talking about them can be of real benefit.

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