Oct. 19, 2021

355: Be the Mentor You Wish You Had (feat. Caleb Franz)

355:  Be the Mentor You Wish You Had (feat. Caleb Franz)

We all know somebody who is in need of guidance, whether that be professional, philosophical, or personal.


Caleb Franz returns to the program with a special solo-short on today's episode!

 

 

Show Notes:

We all know somebody who is in need of guidance, whether that be professional, philosophical, or personal.

 

It's not natural for us to want to go out of our way, and help shape someone's life when yours is falling apart or just won't come together in the first place.

 

Yet this is exactly what we need to do to secure a better future, both for ourselves and as a movement.

 

Be the mentor that you wish you could have had when you were younger. 

 

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Transcript

Caleb Franz  
When I was young, I was fascinated by the stories of the men who shaped this country. The love of liberty possessed by the founding fathers struck me and stuck with me. Throughout the years of my youth leading into adulthood. They felt like Titans like mythological creatures being nearly impossible to live up to. I didn't know how. But I knew I wanted to be as much like them as possible as much like George Washington and Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin as I could. Now I know them not to be anything remotely close to these godlike beings but rather incredibly flawed men. George Washington was a tall, strong man willing to lead his country into a war against the greatest fighting force in the history of the world. But he also struggled with public speaking, and was at times short tempered. Thomas Jefferson was the brilliant mind behind the Declaration of Independence, possibly the greatest document in history. Yeah, he struggled with severe episodes of depression and social anxiety throughout his life. john adams was allowed his voice for independence leading up to 1776. Yet he was the least popular member of congress by far, his cousin Samuel Adams was in favor of a radical liberty, but would sometimes get carried away by the influence of a mob. It is easy to forget that these fantastical characters are so integral to our history, we're in fact, human beings with problems just like any of us would have. Yet this did not make them any less special, at least not to me quite the contrary to their ability to rise above those

issues in the way that they did. made them legendary. I spent afternoons after school watching a show called Liberty's kids. When I was in elementary school, I'm sure a few of you may remember this program. It was about a trio of young kids during the American Revolution trying to navigate the new world that they found themselves in. With each episode, I felt like I was transported to a time when try corner hats were the norm. At the time, I wish I could somehow be involved in those extraordinary events, defending the rights of Americans with them. I didn't understand at the time that we can't all be the next George Washington or Thomas Jefferson, those men lived extraordinary lives, yes, but also lives of circumstance. If George Washington were absent during the Continental Congress in 1775, he wouldn't have become commander in chief. If that happened, would anyone know his name today? Or if Thomas Jefferson was born a generation earlier or later? Would anyone have written those immortal words declaring that all men are created equal? Perhaps, but would they have had the same impact? I'm inclined to say no that they wouldn't. Earlier this year, as I prepared for the release of my new show with we are libertarians, profiles and liberty. I came across an individual that completely altered my approach to the Liberty movement. And the season one finale, I told the story of a man named George with now with was extraordinary in his own right, he was there over the debate for independence, he influenced the trajectory of the US Constitution. He implemented many practices that law professors still use for their students to this day, his death is still shrouded in mystery. After he was all but likely murdered. I go into depth on each of these topics in that episode. But despite an extraordinary life, his most important deed was something much more subtle. He was there to fill a void and young man's life that had been empty since his father passed away. It just so happened that this young man was a college aged Thomas Jefferson. You see, when Jefferson was in his early teenage years, he lost his father to illness, and this loss had profound impact on his upbringing. This was a time in life when any boy needs his father the most as young boys entered into their teenage years. They need a father figure to show them how to become a strong man who leads a virtuous life. When young Thomas entered school at the College of William and Mary he met George with who taught there. The to immediately hit it off and George frequently invited Thomas to dinner parties with his closest friends were they discuss politics, philosophy, ethics, and just generally life, while the ad a general understanding of his political philosophy before meeting with, it wasn't until after he became his mentor, that Jefferson's passion for the ideas of liberty burned hottest. He taught Jefferson the relationship between virtue and liberty in a free society, the importance of civic engagement. And when it's time to push back against tyranny, and say, definitively, I have had enough. Without George with, there would be no Thomas Jefferson, as we know him. There is no Declaration of Independence. And even if America came into existence, it would very likely look very different than how we know it to be today. It was upon learning this, that I had a somewhat groundbreaking revelation, that my approach to the Liberty movement was all wrong. We can't all be the next Thomas Jefferson, that's just not possible. We can't all expect to be in the right place at the right time to create the for example, the greatest document in the history of the world or to found a new nation. Sure, one of us might rise to the occasion to fill those shoes. But we can't all expect the opportunity to be hurtling towards us. It may be important to be prepared for those opportunities. Yes, certainly, but we can't just expect them. However, to become the next George width is something that none of us has to wait for the right moment to make happen. We all know somebody who is in need of guidance, whether that be professional, philosophical, or personal.

What made with such a great man was that he was available for a young boy when he needed a father figure the most. And because of that, Thomas Jefferson became a name synonymous with Liberty itself. If each of us can take the time to be at least one person's George with the Liberty movement would grow tenfold, the likelihood that the next Thomas Jefferson is in our midst will expand, all of our liberties will be safer for it. We each might be able to create the perfect podcast or write the perfect article or have the perfect TV segments or etc, etc. But none of that will be nearly as impactful as each of us taking the time to mentor someone trying to break into this movement. Fortunately, for me, that's exactly the situation I found myself in with my new work position. Shortly after completing the season, one finale of profiles and liberty accepted a position with one of my favorite organizations, young voices. In my role as Program Manager, I get to actually practice what I preach and teach young people how to apply the ideas of liberty, and meaningful and effective ways. While I won't go into the details of all the different circumstances of my life over the past year, so I will say that I don't believe it's all coincidence that I found myself in this position at this time. So soon after discovering the life of the founding Godfather, George width. I understand how easy it is get caught up in your own problems. It's not natural for us to want to go out of our way, and help shape someone's life when yours is falling apart or just won't come together in the first place. Yet this is exactly what we need to do to secure a better future, both for ourselves and as a movement. Be the mentor that you wish you could have had when you were younger. If we all take the time to be someone's George Webb, we will experience a freer world in no time. Thank you for listening to this 10 minute monologue with you. My name is Caleb Franz, I am the host of profiles and liberty. On the we are libertarians network right here. You can go back and listen to the entire first season. Now it's all up and it's all available. It's all on the signers of the Declaration of Independence. I selected eight signers, and there's some really great episodes in there. Season Two is currently in production scheduled for release in February. So please be sure to tune in when that comes out. You can follow me on twitter at Caleb friends. I'd like to thank Brian Nichols for lending me his open mic, and I hope to connect with you all again very soon.

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