Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Being a "manly man" for real

Never put your full trust in a man who has never been in a fist-fight and isn't prepared to be in one again too if need be. Last time I was in a fist-fight was back in 1995. Guess I'm due. If you fancy yourself a "stand-up" kinda guy then you have to be willing and able to "stand up" (i.e., throw a punch) when required or else you're just a fraud or you are deluding yourself but either way you're likely to eventually  be a victim.

"Men who have fought know how difficult it is to stand against the crowd", says Scott Locklin @ Taki's Magazine, "and that civilization is fragile and important. A man who has experienced violence knows that, at its core, civilization is an agreement between men to behave well. That agreement can be broken at any moment; it’s part of manhood to be ready when it is. Men who have been in fights know about something that is rarely spoken of without snickering these days: honor. Men who have been in fights know that, on some level, words are just words: At some point, words must be backed up by deeds."

So there you are.