“How Should I Be Planning For My Future?” (Podcast)

A young man of 24 years has a lot of questions running through his head. He doesn’t know what he should be focusing on right now, and is not sure he should focus on business growth, travel, or family issues. Young men by nature are idealistic and vigorous, and sometimes need guidance to point them in the right direction.  We offer some suggestions.

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Be A Horseman, Not A Rider

Philo of Alexandria, in his essay on agriculture (De Agricultura), points out that there is a difference between an ordinary tiller of the ground, and an actual farmer; and that there is also a clear difference between a shepherd and someone who just tends to sheep.  In the same way, he tells us, there is a great difference between a rider of a horse and a true horseman.

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How To Buy Prints Of The “Moonlight Baboon” Painting

There’s been a surprising amount of interest from readers about how to acquire high-resolution, artist quality prints of my Moonlight Baboon painting.  After doing some research on how best to make it available, I’ve found that the most efficient and cost-effective way to do this is to use Fine Art America.  It’s really amazing what they can do.

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Who Were The Fifteen Greatest Commanders In History? (Podcast)

In this podcast we have a bit of fun suggesting who may be the fifteen greatest military commanders in history.  It is, of course, a highly subjective exercise, and I need not be told how rash the proposal is.  Nevertheless, we persist.  I based the selections on a specific criteria, and this method is discussed in the podcast.  The full list is shown below.  My hope is that this exercise will generate some animated discussion.

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On Hospitality

In taking the measure of a man’s cultural refinement, we must examine the degree to which he is practiced in the art of hospitality.  And when I say art, I mean this in a literal sense.  Arts are not inborn; they must be studied and honed with constant use.  A culture that teaches its members how to treat guests is a confident one; it is a culture that has, to some degree at least, liberated itself from the oppressions of acquisitiveness and greed, and has embraced some aspects of the communitarian ethic.  It is also a culture that understands the value of reciprocity:  the idea that a good turn done for one today, may mean a good turn done for oneself tomorrow.

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