Move on!

Written by A.Z. Alfred

I woke up one morning with a sharp pain in my ear. The last time I had an earache was some eighteen years ago. Then it was my mother’s lot to worry about it. But this morning, I am to worry because I’m grown and hardly could hear withrepparttar left ears. I felt as if some insects crept intorepparttar 135413 ear while I slept. A friend once told me roaches and spiders could be that crazy. Whatever causedrepparttar 135414 pain all I wanted to do was see a doctor. I learnt that Ear specialists are atrepparttar 135415 General Hospitals, so I decided to visitrepparttar 135416 General Hospital on Broad Street.

I arrived early at this hospital but couldn’t see a doctor until after four hours of going through some tiresome routine. Finally, I got an appointment with a specialist and left.

Back on Broad Street, sea fresh air embraced me, washing awayrepparttar 135417 foul smell ofrepparttar 135418 hospital from around me. The breeze was so welcoming that I decided to take a short walk downrepparttar 135419 street.

It’s been almost a decade I last stepped foot on Broad Street. The last time was my graduation from high school. My absence from here was not because my experiences in high school were some kind of bored moments. No, I hadrepparttar 135420 best days of my present life in my high school.

I attended Methodist Boys’ High School popularly known asrepparttar 135421 gentlemen of Broad Street. They callrepparttar 135422 boys gentlemen becauserepparttar 135423 school was situated on that street that is not too different from Wall Street, a business district. I had wonderful moments, which some people will hesitate to throw into a waste Bin. I threw it away anyway.

But this morning, out there on that same street that I walked for six years, I revisited my past. I floated onrepparttar 135424 street like I’m dressed in white shirt, white jacket,repparttar 135425 school multi colored tie and a pair well pressed trousers sitting on brown shoes. I chose to wear my uniform that makes me one ofrepparttar 135426 gentlemen of Broad Street again.

Though I knewrepparttar 135427 school had moved to Victoria Island (another part ofrepparttar 135428 city) butrepparttar 135429 old fence and gate remain onrepparttar 135430 former site. I walked torepparttar 135431 gate, greetedrepparttar 135432 security men and asked if I can take a look in. They did let me.

I passed throughrepparttar 135433 gate and all that faced me was dilapidation. Stones covered with giant grasses and shrubs, which painted a picture of a wasteland. I could not make out where my favorite classroom used to be orrepparttar 135434 chemistry laboratory where I do choose to read instead ofrepparttar 135435 library. I could not make out a thing that could link me withrepparttar 135436 past years spent. I shook my head pitying this desolation that once gave me my wonder years.

But afar off, I saw something that sparked up hope in me. It wasrepparttar 135437 school hall. It did surviverepparttar 135438 massive destruction caused by some petroleum company who bought this estate. I stared at it for a long time thinking it a mirage. No, it was not. It was there still standing. Standing tall.

A Call to Men to Live a Strenuous Life!

Written by Mark Cole

Copyright 2005 Mark Cole

Any man would be justly proud to claim even a portion of what Teddy Roosevelt accomplished in just one of his fields, whether politics, hunting, writing, military, or family. He was an extraordinarily accomplished man with an enormous appetite for life. But he is more than that. For us today, he remains a hero, a patriot, an authentic, masculine role model of success, self-improvement, perseverance and courage.

In my opinion, he wasrepparttar greatest man ever to become President ofrepparttar 135393 United States – and I write that knowing full well that men such as Washington, Jefferson, John Quincy Adams and Lincoln cannot be easily cast aside into second tier status. I doubt if any President ofrepparttar 135394 United States inrepparttar 135395 future will ever be able to threaten TR’s status in that regard. I don’t think there will ever be another man like him.

One ofrepparttar 135396 things that makes Roosevelt so remarkable is that he pushed himself incredibly hard to overcome obstacles. And lest we think somehow that he had it easy, we should not forget that he encountered more obstacles than most people. Yes, he was born into a family with enough money to do things like take yearlong European trips. And he had an incredible father who was a great role model for his son.

But Roosevelt’s father died when he was only a sophomore at Harvard – that is, just aboutrepparttar 135397 time when Roosevelt was becoming an adult, a man in his own right. The magnitude of that loss can hardly be appreciated from our point of view. Roosevelt’s near silence aboutrepparttar 135398 loss isrepparttar 135399 best indicator, seeing as he was otherwise never at a loss for words.

Furthermore, shortly after enteringrepparttar 135400 legislature, Roosevelt started his family only to lose his beloved young wife Alice afterrepparttar 135401 birth of their daughter. This tragedy was followed byrepparttar 135402 death of his mother within a few hours. Later in life, one of Roosevelt’s sons would tragically die in World War I. Throughout his life, Roosevelt had more than his fair share of tragedy. Yet, he pressed on, every time.

In addition, Roosevelt’s famously poor health as a young boy can hardly be overlooked. Anyone who has ever struggled with a serious childhood illness can attest torepparttar 135403 difficulty and suffering it brings, not just physically but also mentally. Can we really appreciaterepparttar 135404 fortitude and determination it took for him to defy doctors and to basically exercise his asthma out of his system? Extraordinary, indeed. The perseverance and iron-willed determination which Roosevelt would show in building his physical strength would be replicated throughout his life, in his voluminous writing, in his rigorous hunting trips, in his all-night sessions with police onrepparttar 135405 streets of New York, in his maniacal campaigning, in his play with his children, in giving a campaign speech after he had been shot inrepparttar 135406 chest, in his charge up San Juan Hill.

As a friend once remarked to me, American boys (and men for that matter) do not need to read about pretend superheroes with imaginary powers. All they need to do is read aboutrepparttar 135407 true life of Theodore Roosevelt.

Batman? Superman? Give me a break. These guys would lose a fight every time to TR, a real – life hero.

Many schoolchildren in America no doubt learn today that Roosevelt was a great conservationist and that as President he set aside countless acres for national parks and forests. That is absolutely true.

But an important element of TR’s conservationist philosophy is largely ignored in contemporary education. Specifically, his reasons for his advocacy of conservation were profoundly different from many inrepparttar 135408 environmentalist cause today. Many greens today seem to put “nature” into a moral category superior to human civilization. For them, conservation is a moral cause which is premised onrepparttar 135409 idea that man should simply keep his grubby hands off of pristine nature. The more extreme environmentalist even speak in terms which suggest thatrepparttar 135410 earth has “rights.”

Roosevelt would have nothing to do with this bizarre philosophy. For TR, men are clearly called to conserverepparttar 135411 environment, but not because it has “rights”. Rather, we conserve nature because that is where men go to test themselves, to do battle as it were againstrepparttar 135412 elements. And above all, men must go outdoors into nature to hunt and to kill. The importance of hunting as both a means of conservation and one ofrepparttar 135413 chief ends of conservation can hardly be overstated. Though this legacy is ignored in textbooks today, it is alive and well among those who do much ofrepparttar 135414 heavy lifting of conservation. Today,repparttar 135415 true environmental legacy of TR is carried on byrepparttar 135416 Boone and Crockett Club (which TR founded and which today isrepparttar 135417 definitive arbiter of uncompromising ethics in hunting),repparttar 135418 International Safari Club andrepparttar 135419 National Rifle Association.

For Theodore Roosevelt, conservation, battle, patriotism, masculinity andrepparttar 135420 strenuous life are inextricably bound. Nature is where boys become men. They learn to survive. They learn to conquer and exercise dominion. In short, TR’s conservation philosophy would drive many a squeamish environmentalist today to abandonrepparttar 135421 cause.

One ofrepparttar 135422 greatest tributes to Roosevelt is to let him speak for himself onrepparttar 135423 virtue of perseverance:

Perhaps there is no more important component of character than steadfast resolution. The boy who is going to make a great man, or is going to count in any way in after life, must make up his mind not merely to overcome a thousand obstacles, but to win in spite of a thousand repulses or defeats. He may be able to wrest success alongrepparttar 135424 lines on which he originally started. He may have to try something entirely new. Onrepparttar 135425 one hand, he must not be volatile and irresolute, and, onrepparttar 135426 other hand, he must not fear to try a new line because he has failed in another. Grant did well as a boy and well as a young man; then came a period of trouble and failure, and thenrepparttar 135427 Civil War and his opportunity; and he grasped it, and rose until his name is amongrepparttar 135428 greatest in our history. Young Lincoln, struggling against incalculable odds, worked his way up, trying one thing and another until he, too, struck out boldly intorepparttar 135429 turbulent torrent of our national life, at a time when onlyrepparttar 135430 boldest and wisest could so carry themselves as to win success and honor; and fromrepparttar 135431 struggle he won both death and honor, and stands forevermore amongrepparttar 135432 greatest of mankind.

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