There was a time when the words “nuclear” and “radiation” weren’t scary. People believed radiation could fix every problem. They weren’t exactly clear on how it worked, but they were pretty sure that holding on to radium as tightly as you could was a surefire way to cure every disease. We used to be able to buy radioactive versions of everything, and we used them in ways that weren’t just dangerous—but downright insane.
History teaches us about ourselves. It tells us what man has done, how his follies have hurt him, and how his virtues and risen him up, and it shows us the path to follow.
Usually, anyway. We can’t really learn anything from history if we don’t get the stories right. Some of the most famous historical stories have little details that are usually left out. Sometimes, these little details change the whole story—and ruin the whole point.
Teaching a child something new is a delight. Seeing your kid master a new skill and watching them take pride in what they can do is one of the best experience a parent can have.
Until it’s not. It’s an amazing feeling when your child reads their first word, but you start pushing them to keep learning and put their nose to the grindstone, it turns into a fight. Kids love learning, but they hate it when their parents make them focus and try to make it part of their routine.
For our son, it’s piano. He started lessons with a love for the instrument, but as reading music and playing with 2 hands got harder, lessons became battles. Most ended with him slamming his face into the piano, unwilling to go on.
At first, we only saw 2 choices. We could take the loving parent method and let him move freely on to his next interest, or we could be Tiger Moms and yell at him until he did it. Parents, we believed, had to choose between hard work and happiness. Children couldn’t have both.
There is a better method, though, that I learned when I started listening to something that has more parenting experience than I’ll ever have: television.
Your goals are pretty simple: save money, pay down a mortgage, and try to hold on to a little something to pass on to your kids. Sometimes that’s your prized collection of foil-stamped X-Men crossovers. Sometimes it’s a multi-billion dollar corporation. But, for those who have started or inherited a family business, things can get tricky. First off, it’s hard to fire someone you’ll see at dinner. Most kids want to do the exact opposite of what you do for a living. Not to mention that two-thirds of all family fortunes are wiped out by their children.
But, it doesn’t have to be that way. The other third make something greater than they started with. And some of the most successful people in the world were heirs who took companies that their fathers had built and built them up. Here are 7 elite examples of what happens when you give your kid an entrepreneurial head start.
Science has furthered our world in ways that our forefathers never could have imagined. The diligent experiments of wise men usually push us further into a brave new world of understanding and ability that has enriched every part of our lives.
Other experiments, though, are just scientists putting people through hell as a way to pass the time—just to see what happens.
Every birth is a roll of the dice. Some people are born into unbelievable circumstances. Some are born buried in trauma—and a few are born literally buried under the ground.
Thank God for science. The greatest minds of our world are out there right now, working together to solve the greatest problems that plague mankind. There are people working to answer the big questions, like: How did the world begin? How can we overcome disease?
And, most important of all—what will happen when we are finally hit by the zombie apocalypse?