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My name is Patrick Rooney. I'm the Founder of Old School™, a site dedicated to keeping the old school spirit alive and well in a new generation. I blog and podcast about health and fitness, success, and freedom. Find us at

The Common Sense Test

I was talking with a friend of mine recently, and the subject was meditation–not unusual among many I know. I was describing the kind of connection that goes beyond just “being in the moment.” A connection to something deeper. While …

I LOVE This Guy! (VIVEK Media Smackdown REACTIONS)

For the past several months, I’ve witnessed the rise of the most powerful political force I’ve seen in my lifetime–Vivek Ramaswamy. I’m not saying this lightly.

Do you know who this guy is? Have you been paying attention?

If you …

Narcissistic Christianity

There is, what I’d call, a branch of Christianity that in my view contradicts the purpose of Christianity itself, which at its heart is about loving God and loving our neighbor. Instead, this branch seems obsessed with the self–how …

“Factory Settings”: Hope For Damaged People

The world is filled with damaged people. In reality, every one of us has been damaged.

Likely it started in your family. My father was a World War II vet, and lived through horror stories he wouldn’t tell us about. …


I could have easily titled this piece, “CONFESSIONS of a Spiritual Drama Queen,” but perhaps that would have been a bit too dramatic!

I don’t know where I picked up this trait, but I have always had a penchant for …