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The Seven Manly Virtues

1 Oct

The Art of Manliness website has developed a book, which they describe as follows. It will be available on-line and in bookstores in mid-October.

This sounds like the kind of book that will be showing-up at our house come Christmas, but don’t tell my three young men. It’s a secret.

Just Thinking, The Sand Hill Philosopher


Timeless Wisdom & Advice on Living the Seven Manly Virtues

By Bret & Kate McKay

What Makes a Man, a Man?

For centuries, being a man meant living a life ofvirtue and excellence. But then, through time, the art of manliness was lost.

Now, after decades of excess and aimless drift,men are looking for something to help them live an authentic, manly life—a primer that can give their life real direction and purpose. This book holds the answers. To master the art of manliness, a man must live the seven manly virtues: Manliness, Courage, Industry, Resolution, Self-Reliance, Discipline, Honor.

Each chapter covers one of the seven virtues and is packed with the best classic advice ever written down for men. From the philosophy of Aristotle to the speeches and essays of Theodore Roosevelt, these pages contain the manly wisdom of the ages—poems, quotes, and essays that will inspire you to live life to the fullest and realize your complete potential.

Learn the art. Change your life. Become a man.

How are Term Limits & Political Parties Related?

28 Sep

Political Parties are appearing, and acting more and more like organized crime, than Constitutional Government.  The last two years have shown us an unabashed defacement of the 200 year old U.S. Constitution by the Democratic Party, who have held power over all three branches of our Government, including both houses of the Congress.

 While the U.S. Constitution never mentions political parties, there was a fear of such parties from the earliest days of our Republic.  Many of the Founders believed these weak alliances would fade away, as honorable men did the work that they believed would perpetuate our Free & Sovereign Nation.

 Over the last two centuries, the fears of a few have become the terror of the masses.

 The political parties, instead of relying upon outlined explanations and wishes of their state constituencies (State Party Platforms), have instead looked for the approbation, votes and solicitations of their constituents, ignoring “the public good.”  Likewise, they spend their time developing alliances that require “you vote for my pork and I’ll vote for your’s,” raising money for their next re-election race, and making themselves heroes to the voters back home.

 These machines have grown greater in strength of numbers, without principle in what they will trade votes for, and illicit in the ways in which they raise money.

 Most scholars have concluded that it is impossible to run Congress without a “party-like” structure, and over time, it has largely been the loss of principled Representatives, Senators and Judges, and Presidential thugs, who have destroyed the integrity of Congress.  They therefore do NOT consider the General Welfare of the United States.

 Getting rid of Political Parties is not where we need to start.  We must begin with a well-orchestrated march to the polls in November, and as educated voters, choose men and women with integrity.  The next step is to hold them accountable.

 Paul Rahe wrote on the following quote:

 To get a sense of the obstacles we face, I suggest that those who have gotten this far in perusing this post take a close look at the last four chapters of my book Soft Despotism, Democracy’s Drift, where I chart and attempt to explain the growth of the administrative state both in the United States and abroad; (1)

 To learn more about this form of selection of candidates, carrying them through the election process, and holding them strictly accountable, I recommend that you visit and subscribe to, and attend one of their training sessions, if possible. Their site lists currently scheduled training sessions for both activists and potential candidates. You can also request that a training session be held in your area.

 I previously wrote a blog entitled, “Socrates on Term Limits,” and an amazing 65 copies of “The General Works of Socrates” (Hardback Edition) were sold on that Saturday evening that the post went out to The Sand Hill Readers.

While I have generally been OPPOSED to term-limits, that was based upon the personal belief that we had “term limits” each time we went to the polls and voted on who would hold that office for the next term.  This becomes problematic, however, when people (such as the late Senator Robert Byrd) that are elected in one state, and the official spends decades robbing other states, and we have no vote on those persons.

I ask you, for possible solutions, and ask you, The Sand Hill Reader, to Think on this matter with me.

Just Thinking, The Sand Hill Philosopher

 (1) Written by by Paul A. Rahe

Originally on a publication.

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Lose with Dignity, Win with Grace

24 Sep

by Brett & Kate McKay on September 14, 2011 · 29 comments

This is the second portion of the article,  A Man’s Life,On Etiquette

On December 31, 1967, the Green Bay Packers and the Dallas Cowboys met on Lambeau Field for the NFC Championship. Later dubbed the “Ice Bowl,” temperatures hovered at 13 degrees below zero, the turf was as hard as rock, whistles stuck in referees’ mouths, and members of the halftime band were sent to the hospital for hypothermia. It remains the coldest NFL game on record.

For sixty minutes, these rival teams duked it out, with each player digging deep to summon the fortitude to battle both the cold and the opposing team. With sixteen seconds left in the game, the Cowboys held a 17-14 lead, and the Packers had the ball. On 3rd and goal, Bart Starr executed a quarterback sneak with offensive lineman Jerry Kramer giving him the block needed to get into the end zone and win the game. The Packers had made it to another Super Bowl.

That block has been called the greatest in NFL history. Yet Kramer didn’t dance around or pull a Sharpie out of his sock to sign an instant autograph; he simply walked off the field.

There was no need for such outward expressions–the satisfaction of a hard-fought win was enough.

How to Celebrate with Grace

Last time, we talked about how to lose with dignity.

It’s a difficult thing to do, but in some ways, it can actually be easier than celebrating with grace. When you win a great victory or attain a noteworthy achievement, it’s hard to strike the balance between genuinely enjoying your success and not adding to your opponent’s misery or coming off as a smug braggart. Here are some recommendations on how to walk that line.

Should you celebrate publicly or privately?

This is one of the big questions people struggle with in regards to celebrating with grace–should you display your adulation publicly or keep it to yourself?

The answer to that question depends on what kind of accomplishment it is, and whether you are in direct competition with those around you.

When an accomplishment is of the type that places people into “classes,” (things like grades, salary raises, promotions, and try-outs) it is generally better to keep your celebration private (to be enjoyed by yourself and close family and friends). So for example, when the teacher hands you back an A+ paper, there is no need for a whoop and a fist pump–just smile and put the paper away. The more competitive something is, the more true this rule becomes–which is why people never talked about their GPA or rank in law school.

Rubbing your win in your competitors’ faces in these situations will not make your achievement any more real–it is merely an attempt to stroke your ego and tends to create rancor with your peers.

Of course there are situations where it is appropriate to celebrate in front of your opponents–such as the award ceremony or sports game–as the competition is the raison d’être for these events, as opposed to being unspoken.


Even when your success can appropriately be celebrated publicly, use discretion, particularly when using social networks like Facebook and Twitter. These mediums have made news-sharing so easy that some folks have gotten confused about what constitutes actual news. Most people genuinely want to hear about what’s going on in your life and your success, they just don’t think that having an awesome bowel movement constitutes a singular achievement.

Appreciate those who helped make it happen.

The humble man realizes that even when praise for a victory falls entirely on him, there were people along the way who helped make it happen. The star player thanks the team; the boss thanks his employees.

Show gratitude in general.

Celebrations come off as smug when the victor acts as if he were entitled to the success he’s found. The dignified man is proud of the work he did to get where he is, while also being forever grateful that he was in the right spot at the right time and a confluence of factors came together in his favor.

Acknowledge the loser.

Shake the hand of your fallen opponent. If you chat, focus on the game itself, instead of on the outcome. And as an old Esquire etiquette guide advises, “In the conventional exchange of remarks at game’s end, the good loser compliments the winner on his skill and the good winner sympathizes with the loser on his luck.”

Don’t disparage your victory.

The man who trivializes his win can be as much of a pain as the one who lords it over you. While acting like you didn’t deserve to win or it isn’t a big deal might seem like the “nice” thing to do or something that will deflect attention, it only ends up making the victor look even better–”Not only did he win, he’s so above it all he doesn’t even care!” And it adds insult to your opponent’s injury. As a loser, I want to know I was a worthy foe, and that you actually wanted to win, because I certainly did!

When George C. Scott won an Oscar in 1970 for his portrayal of George S. Patton in the film that bore the general’s name, Scott became the first person to turn down an Academy Award, saying he was not in competition with other actors and that the ceremony constituted a “two hour meat parade.” This surprising move put more attention on Scott, not less (it dominated the news for a couple of weeks–even garnering the cover of Time), and it sent a message to the other nominees that not only did they lose the award, they were losers for even caring about winning!

Share in the rewards.

When a gambler makes money, he often tips the dealer. It’s good karma. When something good happens to you, spread the love. If you get a great promotion at work, take all of your friends out for drinks on you.

Don’t do the “humble brag.”

Some people try to split the difference between celebrating something, and not wanting to boast, by employing the “humble brag.” The humble brag is where you’re really boasting about something, but you try to disguise this fact by throwing in a complaint or a self-deprecating aside.

I hope that you are thinking about this: I am.  As a physician, I typically diagnosed a disease, told the surgeon what I thought was wrong with the child, and the surgeon operated.  The surgeon could have deflected his praise to GOD, but usually talked about how well he and the patient did, and the ol’ doctor that made the diagnosis and got the child to surgeon on time was forgotten.  Where does the praise and glory go, anyway?

Just Thinking, The Sandhill Philosopher

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The Art of Manliness: Lose with Dignity, Celebrate with Grace

23 Sep

The next two blogs on winning and losing, from www.theArtofManliness are two of the best articles I have seen in the past six months. Certainly worthy of our thought….especially as we enter the season of NFL Football, and our children look upon our behavior; and the election cycle, as we question the patriotism of others, on a catagorical basis.

Just Thinking, The Sand Hill Philosopher

The ability to losse with dignity and celebrate with grace is rare in our society, but examples of genlemanliness remain. Case in point: Delaware’s “Return Day.”

The Return Day tradition started in 1791 when Georgetown was established as Delaware’s County Seat. Residents of Sussex
County had to travel there on Election Day to cast their ballots. Two days later after the votes had been tallied, folks returned to Georgetown to hear the results announced. Carnival-esque festivities attended the reading of the winners.

The tradition still continues today. On the Thursday after Election Day, businesses and schools close and Delawareans from all over the state converge on Georgetown for the Return Day festivities. There’s an ox roast, a hatchet-throwing contest between town mayors, and a most unique parade. mayors, and a most unique parade.

The winners and the losers of each political race put aside the rancor of the election and sit together in horse-drawn carriages that make their way through town. And then the chairmen of the Sussex County Republican and Democratic parties meet together to literally bury the hatchet. Each grasps the handle of a hatchet, and together they plunge the weapon in a box of sand.

A great tradition, I think. For it symbolizes the fact that makes it possible for each of us to lose with dignity and celebrate with grace: no matter how small or large the contest, life goes on.

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Watch-Out: The Philosopher is Back

20 Sep

Dear Friends of the Sand Hill Philosopher,

Sorry I haven’t been around for a while, but I have been thinking.  You can expect some comments soon on topics including puppies, children and farm life, as well as some of the most relevant quotes ever collected for the Thinking Mind.

I’ve been busy setting-up a new blog editor (WordPress), with the help of my 13 year old nephew.  I expect a few more days of learning the new blog editor, adding some of the old “classic articles”, some pictures that will help you understand the view from my porch, and, just what I’ve been up-to.

Speaking of puppies (or at least thinking about them), I just got a new Australian Shepherd puppy, now 13 weeks old, who is as cute as, well, as “cute as a puppy”.  His name is “Drover” (named after one of the two main dog characters in the “Hank the Cowdog” series, written by John R. Erickson, from Perryton, Texas.  Our old dog (“Hank“) is getting old and arthritic, so we got Drover to be tutored by the current “Head of Ranch Security” here at Cripplegate Ranch.

I ask for your patience while I learn this new editor, and, PLEASE sign-up for the RSS feed.  It helps me to determine which posts are preferred, thus directing the blog toward reader interest.  I won’t be posting links as often, or as lengthy.  The RSS feed just sends you an email (never shared) that The Sand Hill Philosopher has a new post, and its title. There is a blue link that you can click-on to get directly to that article on the blog-site.  This prevents you from missing some great posts, but also allows you to save them in your email, or skip if not interested.

Let’s all get ready to start thinking together, again.

Just Thinking, The Sand Hill Philosopher

PS: I’ve also got some great guest authors!