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“I swear, by my life and my love of it, that I will never live for the sake of another man, nor ask another man to live for mine.” What the world needs is not more followers, or people who have chosen to surrender their soul/mind to collective groupthink. Groupthink — the idea that your […]

Sometimes we need a little reminder that we are stepping out of line. Other times, we dont’ want to face the reality of this, so we hide to ‘protect’ ourselves from facing the truth. Today was a day like this for me, as i was forced to come to terms that I could use a […]

There you have it. I just finished my last final and am set to graduate, this Sunday, from The Ohio State University. This chapter of my life is finally coming to a close. And I must say, it is a good feeling to finally be done. There is an element of me that has fear […]

“Plaat! Wake up.” Several years ago, I wrote an essay titled “Wake Up” which chronicled the details of my fraternity experience, seen through the eyes of a young man who was desperately searching in all the wrong places for truth, love, and identity. As a profanity-laced essay navigated through the experiences many can only wonder […]

The pursuit of glory is far more rewarding than the threatening consequences keeping many from ever obtaining it. Chase with vigor and see that this city can too be your own! Every day, my spirit leaps forward with great joy as I realize my fight is finally beginning to take shape; no longer am I, […]

Maybe we’ll wake up someday and realize that we aren’t who we thought we were. Perhaps we will see we weren’t made of the stuff we thought we were. And maybe we’ll realize everything we ever thought was actually quite wrong. Even the idea of a revelation of this nature is enough to make even […]

“The grandson tries to remember what the father tried to forget” A live devoid of adventure, I cannot imagine it. In fact, the possibility of living a life of serenity; clothed in tranquility and residing in calm, makes me want to vomit. Something I have learned about myself, recently, is that there’s a spirit within […]

I’m reading a lot more about the problem our society seems to have with the notion of young men growing up into established men. 27 year-old adolescents seem to be a prevalent part of our society. What makes me sick is not the fact that such non-men exist, but that the possibility of being one […]

We were dreamers. We woke up. Wake up, Plaat. You’re not a boy anymore. You’re a man. Early in my college career, I wrote a paper titled “Wake Up” detailing the life[style] of my fraternity experience. Thinking about it, I cannot help but wonder what it was that led me to do the things I […]

She has a pulse. Beating heart and tear-stained eyes serve as a reminder that all good things must come to an end. Good things are a pleasant reminder that all bad things must come to and end. And, when you really think about it, life isn’t so bad after all, friend. We move on. Upwards […]

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