One of my favorite quotes from the book that first started me onto the path of reading and real discovery. F Scott Fitzgerald’s book called This Side of Paradise. Genius. I spent years in disillusionment and despair looking for a truth, fighting nightmares and daily dead walking. Fitz wrote about post WW1 disillusionment. We live yet we don’t always get what we want but do we give up? I see a lack of restlessness today in our new generation, or any real angst as it was in our lost generation, and their need to seek out meaning and purpose. The angry young men of those before us locked in lives of manual labor, who lacked opportunity, who didn’t know leisure brought by the advantages of wealth like many of us do today and how it can soften men. Adler wrote about it, and how the coming of the Industrial Revolution would bring changes in attitudes and sometimes to men for the worst. We owe it to ourselves to use our time wisely, we owe it to ourselves to be true and to be “alive” and to seek to live each day vitally. We must live sensitively so that we can feel, we must live authentically so we can believe, we must live critically so we can learn, and we must above all live sincerely in order to make a real difference or we are just going through life as sensualists and voyeurs, poseurs and politicians mouthing lots of words yet doing and saying nothing. We must wash away the kernels of exhaustion from our sleepy eyes daily and fill our pupils with a vision for living or we may as well quit and start dying..~Michael Kurcina

“Here was a new generation, shouting the old cries, learning the old creeds, through a revery of long days and nights; destined finally to go out into that dirty gray turmoil to follow love and pride; a new generation dedicated more than the last to the fear of poverty and the worship of success; grown up to find all Gods dead, all wars fought, all faiths in man shaken…”-F Scott Fitzgerald

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Mike credits his early military training as the one thing that kept him disciplined through the many years. He currently provides his expertise as an adviser for the DoD. Michael Kurcina subscribes to the Spotter Up way of life. “I will either find a way or I will make one”.

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