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If you’re so clever, why aren’t you happy?

In this week’s True Community (published this past Wednesday), I comment on America’s profit-at-all-costs mentality and how it affects young men who decide to pursue higher education. Personally, I often feel guilty that I’m unable to earn more money or provide more for my wife and family. I know that sort of guilt is learned, and it both informs and shapes the points of view of men seeking employment. The effects are negative, often to the point of damning the guys to failure before they even start learning anything.

Hope you’ll check it out. And please do share.

(Chicagoans will know the photo is of The Billy Goat tavern. It’s one of my favorite places to write in the evenings.)

 

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Photo by vxla.


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Shaming men who seek higher education

This week in my column, True Community, I compose a portrait of a young man whose masculinity is pestered by his brother and father. His crime? He wants an education and to become a Spanish teacher.

I hear stories like these from young men very often. My hope is that, after reading my article, you’ll realize just how much courage and determination—even stubborn will—it takes to continue on when your family elders do not merely fail to support you but actively attempt to bring you down, either from jealousy or ignorance, usually from both.

I hope you’ll share it.