School of Athens

Why We are Here

This section of my website is focused on sharing my thoughts and hopefully the thoughts of others. My intent is to create a place where we can share, challenge, and evolve our thinking through the respectful competition of ideas. 

The articles below are not finished products, but hopefully primers for discussion. Please read and post comments as you desire and if you have ideas you want to share please let me know and we can get them up here. 

Recent Thoughts

From Principles to Reality: Juneteenth

Author: Sam Hales- Published: 19 June 2021

America is truly exceptional and is among the greatest forces for good in the history of humanity. America is not only a set of principles and ideals, but the application of those principles and ideals overcoming the flaws of human nature and self-interest. Few other sets of ideas or nation has…

Critical Race Theory Comes to State Employment

Author: Sam Hales- Published: 12 June 2021


Below is a slightly modified letter I sent to my employer's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion team. As an agency we recently have been invited to attend sensing sessions regarding an Equity survey that the newly created state Equity Office sent out. I believe it is an open…

What difference does the coach make?

Author: Sam Hales- Published: 23 April 2021

Tonight, I was given the blessing to have about two solid hours of drinking beer and thinking about soccer due to the fact that my friends all bailed on me and left me alone at our local watering hole. I decided that after getting my IPA and wonderful warm soft pretzel with cheese sauce, I would…

How I Came to Embrace Homosexuality

Author: Sam Hales- Published: 05 October 2020

The purpose of this post is to show how to change a person’s mind. Today, as a culture, we struggle with “canceling” people who do not agree with us. I do not claim…

Why I am Going to Buy a Gun

Author: Sam Hales- Published: 09 June 2020

First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—
     Because I was not a socialist.

Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out—
     Because I was not a trade unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out…

A Call to Action, Not Soul Searching

Author: Sam Hales- Published: 04 June 2020

I am by nature a thinker and a dialoguer. I like talking to people and I like debate. I like hearing different perspectives and I like those who challenge mine. Those challenges make me think more deeply. I learn through dialogue. Additionally, I believe we should all regularly search our souls…

Dealing with Fear: Democrats versus Republicans

Author: Sam Hales- Published: 10 May 2020

With the country beginning to open up in response to COVID there is a lot of heated dialogue between those who want to open and those who want to delay the opening. These fault lines are breaking down very much along the political lines of Democrats and Republicans. There are many reasons why…