Questions of Living
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As you read the following pages, you will be exposed to quite a variety of deceptive propaganda techniques, logical fallacies, and lies (hopefully, none of them mine). You might as well learn a little about how the art and science of propaganda works, so that you can recognize the techniques as people try to fool your mind with them. You probably already know a lot about this, whether you realize it or not, because politicians pull many of these standard stunts on you every election year, and you have grown immune to some of them.
Let’s pretend that a mewling, pooping annoying small thing is deposited in your lap. It needs constant input from you. Before long, it’s taken over your life.
Scientists are always so serious and science-y. Just kidding!
This is an age of assholism simply because we find the phenomenon and its practitioners so interesting — or provocative, or compelling, or compellingly repulsive, or sometimes all of those at once. I’m not thinking so much of assholes of opportunity like Charlie Sheen and Mel Gibson, or of incidental assholes like James Cameron or Brett Favre, whose assholism only adds a colorful sidebar to an independently impressive career. There’s little about those people that’s particular to the age, save that in earlier periods the public probably would have been spared the details of the personal tics and twitches that qualify them for the asshole label.
<img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-26256" title="headingheader" src="http://content.artofmanliness.com/uploads//2012/08/headingheader.jpg" alt="" width="600" height="263" /> Growing up, each day is pretty well-scheduled out for you. School from morning til afternoon.
What's the Big Idea?
Illustration by Robert Neubecker.
<img class="aligncenter" title="eisenhower" alt="" src="http://content.artofmanliness.com/uploads//2012/06/1.jpg" width="500" height="486" /> Supreme Allied Commander.
A woman listens as the names of the 12 shooting victims at the Century 16 movie theater in Aurora, Colo., are read aloud during a prayer vigil on Sunday. Pool photo by Aaron Ontiveroz/Denver Post via Getty Images.
<img class="aligncenter wp-image-25858" title="punctual" alt="" src="http://content.artofmanliness.com/uploads//2012/07/punctual.jpg" width="350" height="442" /> Read Part I: The Importance of Being on Time
Cultures that endure carve out a protected space for those who question and challenge national myths.
The web is a powerful resource that can easily help you learn new skills.
<img class="aligncenter wp-image-25489" title="toye" src="http://content.artofmanliness.com/uploads//2012/06/toye1.jpg" alt="" width="385" height="636" /> Editor’s note: This is guest post from Marcus Brotherton. It originally ran on Men Who Lead Well (www.marcusbrotherton.com ).