Happy Tuesday! It seems like the last few weeks have been pretty heavy on the bad, sad, and otherwise depressing news—impeachment drama, unrest in the Middle East, celebrity deaths, a rapidly spreading Chinese virus, the Grammys—so I thought maybe a little recap of the good was in order: Did you hear that a recent poll found that Americans still go to the library more than they go to the movies? “The average 10.5 trips to the library U.S. adults report taking in 2019 exceeds their participation in eight other common leisure activities,” said Justin McCarthy, a journalist and analyst at Gallup. The eight other activities were: going to the movies, attending a live sporting event, attending a concert or the theater, visiting a national or historic park, visiting a museum, visiting a casino, going to an amusement or theme park, and visiting the zoo. Go books! I love getting emails
Do you remember the old adage about babies and bathwater? Wikipedia says it originated somewhere in Germany in the 1500s and summarizes it thus: “Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater” is an idiomatic expression for an avoidable error in which something good is eliminated when trying to get rid of something bad, or in other words, rejecting the favorable along with the unfavorable. On Monday, we observed Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day and I took the opportunity to post a few quotes of his that I have particularly enjoyed. One of the first comments on the post was, “Giving praise to the adulterer communist, eh?” A few months ago, we used a photo and quote of Winston Churchill on our social media and immediately received a couple of comments about Churchill’s moral failures as well as racist ideas and comments attributed to him. A post featuring H.L.
Every now and then I get a chance to visit with groups of young people. Sometimes I get invited to classrooms to share my books, sometimes I get to speak with groups of teens who are interested in entrepreneurship, and sometimes I get emails or messages in response to podcasts they’ve heard me on or books they’ve read. I get a lot of inspiration and encouragement from those interactions, and I really enjoy them. I recently got a lengthy email from a nineteen year old college freshman. She had been homeschooled up to college and shared with me some of the things she had observed in her first semester at university. She said: Young America is essentially obsessed with identifying as a collectivist group. No matter where you go, you get asked questions about your religious or political affiliations, the music genre you enjoy, your ethnic makeup, your relationship status
A couple of days ago we shared this image on our social media pages. It was “liked” and “shared” by more people than had negative responses to it, but I think some of those negative responses deserve to be shared and their messages discussed. Brandon W. “Yeah, nothing says ‘I’m a doormat and little b***h’ like letting someone constantly slap the s**t outta you and not doing anything to stop them” Skye F. “Screw that, some people need to die, sometimes by way of explosion…” William B. “He who has the most/biggest bomb(s) wins.” Kirk W. “Nukes end the cycle…ask Japan.” Steve G. “Sorry don’t agree! Especially since Iran has been killing Americans for decades. It’s time to turn their sand into a sh** hole country!” Steven D. “And that’s why when we bomb someone, we shouldn’t stop until there are none of those people left to ‘get even.’ Yes. They
*Record screech* … Wait, what did I just read?! “New teachers, I’m sorry if we veteran educators have misguided you about the profession. It’s not about cute classrooms & trendy ideas. It’s political. It’s advocacy. It’s the front line of battle for the future of our nation. Go no further if you’re not ready.” Okay, that’s terrible. But surely it’s just some random leftist twitter warrior. Right? No teacher with any type of actual influence would say something like this. He’d be fired immediately. Right?! So I did a little digging—and it turns out this guy isn’t a nobody afterall. “This teacher has won plenty of accolades such as GQ Magazines’ Male Leader of the Year, and finished in the top 5 for Teacher of the Year in SC, as well as winning an award from President Obama for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching, The SC Dept of Ed
Happy New Year! I kicked off my new year working on a bill in my home state of Utah that will help protect people’s DNA from mass searches by law enforcement. It got me reflecting on the serious and sometimes heavy nature of most of the work that I do. But then I got to thinking about all the good and exciting things that are going to happen in this new year and this new decade, and I was reminded how much the world has continued to improve and be made prosperous since the emergence of the market economy. For example, this article sets the stage: Rather than poverty versus plenty separating “the many” from the “the few,” over the last two hundred years the distinction has increasingly been reduced to degrees of wealth, comfort, and luxuries among people in society. This has been the cumulative outcome of the competitive