June 18, 2023 | Issue #73
1 Quote. 1 Reflection. 1 Question.
"Expose the crime, and hunt down the criminal; but remember that even in the case of crime, if it is attacked in sensational, lurid, and untruthful fashion, the attack may do more damage to the public mind than the crime itself."
From: Teddy Roosevelt
During a time of labor unrest and mass economic growth from the recent Gilded Age, Teddy Roosevelt delivered one of his most famous speeches. Bloody protests and bombings were happening across the country, and this quote aimed to put a stop to the criminal acts.
As President of the United States, Teddy Roosevelt was a father figure to a nation going through unimaginable change. On this Father's Day, we should take time to remember the advice given to us by our fathers. And for those who don't have a father maybe we have a male mentor or coach that has helped us along the way.
When things go south in our lives—a layoff, a breakup, a sickness, a death of a loved one—young people tend to react first and think later. There is nothing wrong with this since we don't have much-lived experience, but we should recognize and be aware of it.
On the other hand, fathers tend to be calm, cool, and collected. They can calm us down and help us get a sense of the big picture. As a result, we get security and level-headedness when we go to them for advice. As Teddy Roosevelt calmed America down in 1906, our fathers can do the same for us today—no matter what problem we are facing.
All we need to do is seek the wisdom out.
When was the last time you sought advice from your father or male role model?
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Each issue contains 1 Quote, 1 Reflection, and 1 Question each meant to guide you on the next step forward in your life towards improvement.
June 25 (newer)
“How miserably things seem to be arranged in this world. If we have no friends, we have no pleasure; and if we have them, we are sure to lose them, and be doubly pained by the loss.”- Abraham Lincoln
June 11 (older)
"The first time I saw a poster wanting men to sign up to be paratroopers and heard how hard it would be to make it in, I knew that was for me. I wanted an elite group of soldiers around me." -Frank Soboleski