So why the weird title? The title of the blog is a small snapshot of my life. I once was an infantryman in the US Army (hence Infantry), and I am a lawyer. So, I share a vocation with Atticus Finch (hence Atticus) although I doubt I can live up to his example. These functions also create a tension I have recognized in my life, and a tension in men in our recognize in society.
One side of me is the infantryman: violent, angry, and trained to solve problems through force. The other side of me is the lawyer: calm, thoughtful, and seeking to solve problems through reason. Part of the purpose of this blog is to explore the tension between those two sides of me. I’m interested in how these different ‘men’ assist me and hinder me as I live. I am also interested in examining how manhood in modern American society is pulled between these two poles. I believe these poles also influence how we think about and perceive courage. I want to use this blog to tell stories about courage, to explore how we define it, and consider how we inculcate it.
I will be moving to Ghana in for a year in June 2017, to work as a legal fellow for International Justice Mission. So, I will use this blog as a way to communicate my journey during this new and exciting chapter in my life.
Finally, I am a Christian. My faith acts as an umbrella over all other parts of me. So both the infantryman and the lawyer are men of faith. I want to use this space to tell the story of my faith, to explore it as it grows, and to hear from others on a similar walk.