Who and What is the Happy Warrior

The Happy Warrior is the title of a poem... and yes, I love this poem. I do not wish to be mischaracterized, for the most part poetry is not my bag. I am not an afficionado of literature nor am I a metro-sexual (I despise that term) but a dear friend introduced me to this masterpiece of prose several years ago... it has provided no end of inspiration. The Happy Warrior by William Wordsworth outlines the qualities of a magnificent soul. I aspire to possess even one or two characteristics that "every man in arms should wish to be."

This blog is a representation, in conversational form, of my voyage to wrap my arms around the world in which Mr. Worsdworth's warrior finds happiness.

(Standing disclaimer: Luckily tests of spelling accuracy ended in 4th grade otherwise I would still be in Elementary School. Be forewarned, spelling errors ahead. I subscribe to the wisdom of a great man who said, "I have utmost disdain for a man who can only spell a word one way." -Benjamin Franklin)

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Welcome to the real world: Because "life is not fair" is just the first in a string of unfortunate truths

It is my assertion that we live in a mamby-pamby society that has been slowly built on a dangerously large dose of affluence, a sense of freedom artificially disconnected from responsibility and on socially manufactured self-importance (i.e. socially engineered self-esteem which has metastasized into narcissim). At times I am embarrased to be a member of the twenty-first century human family.

Higher education (colleges and universities) is the epitome of the aforementioned condition. Too often it teaches "what should be" (at least what someone thinks "should" means) instead of "what is". Hence there is no better time to start talking and facing the truth than at commencement. Here is a hypothetical commencement speech that does just that. Take 10 minutes and enjoy (or throw your hands up in the air and wallow in angry denial... you choose).

Click here to watch: http://www.pjtv.com/v/3713