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This is now clearly a historical tipping point. We are either headed toward 1), a much, much better world, or 2), an apocalyptic WWIII.

Since I’ve always been a Silo Half Full kind of guy, I honestly think Option 1 is attainable. We, meaning all humanity, must view this as opportunity, even through our anguish. Good happens, sometimes as a direct result of evil.

But just so you know this is still actually me writing this post, hell, yes, Donald Trump bears responsibility for much of this tragedy.

Putin played him. Trump then divided America and verbally (to the extent that he can verbalize) assailed our NATO allies and threatened to cut American funding.

That gave Putin the impetus to finally do what he has wanted to do for two decades. He figured NATO was hopelessly fractured and feckless.

He figured wrong. But that miscalculation, fueled by Trump’s ignorance, arrogance, greed, narcissism and incompetence, is why we are where we are when we are.

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  1. I would add an addendum: Why is what you wrote about Putin/ Trump so hard to grasp? We have, to quote my late mother, “molly-coddled” this guy for 4 years and we then expect he won’t try to pull something? HUH?

  2. Sadly, I don’t think we have the resolve of the Greatest Generation to make the sacrifices necessary to break on through to the other side. We are the generation of entitled whiners.

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I clearly have the attention span of your median fruit fly.Look! Airplane!

Sorry. I’m back.

It’s both a curse and a blessing. I’ve never bought this stuff about, “He who dies with the most toys wins.” But I do think that a wide range of life experiences helps us grow as people, and helps us better relate to other people. I’ve been fortunate. And I am beyond grateful.

I show up on time. I go like hell. I’m a good listener. I hold myself accountable. I own my mistakes. And I have a natural and an insatiable curiosity. I’m never afraid to say, “I don’t know,” when I don’t. But then I try to find out.

The flip side is I’m a lousy ballroom dancer and my clothes sometimes fit me funny.

Stuff matters to me. I care. But while I take that stuff seriously, I try hard to never take myself seriously. As a result, I have sometimes been told, “Paul, it’s hard to tell when you’re serious and when you’re just having some fun. Which is it? Serious or fun?”

My answer is “yes.” But I think that is a legitimate criticism. I promise I’m going to work on that.

This has been the quickest and strangest half-century I’ve ever experienced. During that period, I’ve been afforded amazing opportunities in news and sports journalism across all platforms. I have taught wonderful students at the high school and collegiate level. Always, I learned more from them than they did from me. I’ve been a high school administrator. I spent ten seasons as a high school varsity football coach. I’ve been an advertising executive. I’ve hosted nationally syndicated television entertainment shows. In maybe the biggest honor I ever received, I was selected by NASA to be “Chet The Astronaut” for the “Land The Shuttle” simulator at Space Center Houston. (All I can say there, is “Do as I say, not as I do.” I put that thing in the Everglades more often than not.) Most recently, I just wrapped up a decade as a television news director, during which time our teams distinguished themselves in holding the powerful accountable, achieving both critical and ratings success.

What does all that mean? It means I am profoundly grateful. It also means I’m ready for “next.” So here we are. Radically Rational. It’s an idea I woke up with in 2017. I scribbled “Radically Rational” on a piece of notebook paper and used a magnet to stick it on our refrigerator. I saw it every day, and it just would not leave me alone.

I am second in charge at Radically Rational, LLC. My wife, Jo (also known as BB), is the president. Clearly, I have failed in my attempt to sleep my way to the top of this organization.

I hope you will learn that I’m loyal as a Labrador. But I will admit that this doggie can bite every now and then. My promise to you? I will show up on time. I will go like hell. I will listen to you earnestly and attentively. I will hold myself accountable. I will never be the least bit hesitant to say, “I don’t know,” when I don’t.

But then I’ll try to find out. Let’s do it.