Sunday, December 30, 2012

Manliness and Manly Honor - Part I: Lamentations

While I have been studying for finals this past semester, I came across an entry into one of my favorite blogs, the Art of Manliness, about how manly honor has been declining. This did not make me a very happy person, as one of my goals is to be the gentleman. After all, my heroes include Jimmy Stuart (especially his role as George Bailey), my great-grandfather, Archbishop Fulton Sheen, Odysseus, and Captain America, among many others.

In this day and age, we have become very self-absorbed (for better or for worse). We have become so individualistic that asking for help is seen as weak. Instead of helping the poor and unprivileged ourselves, we have the government legislate it instead. Actually, we have the government legislate anything based on personal, fleeting emotion instead of logic and reason.

All the meanwhile, as we push the responsibility of the greater good away from personal responsibility or local responsibility, we also push away our virtues. Think about it. If we longer hold ourselves accountable to feed our own poor, then how are we able to hold ourselves accountable to do even the little things, like holding open a door?

I'm guessing my lament over the loss of manliness is only a symptom of the greater issue: the loss of objective reality to individualistic relativism. This, however, is a topic for another time.

Back to the loss of manliness.

I find it lamentable when today, not only is it not expected for man to hold open the door for someone, or to remove the coat of his date, or to pull out her chair at the table, but it is altogether surprising for a man to do such. This is a problem. With no one to truly hold men accountable, men fall into the state of the "pig:" drunkenness, promiscuity, etc.

This is a definite problem that needs to change. During the evolution of this post, I have come to realize that this needs to be a series, with this posing as the introduction. The next post will describe the five most important virtues of authentic manliness and their definitions.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Why I Want to be Captain America

Don't let the title fool you, this is actually serious, not just a kid who hasn't grown up yet wanting to be his favorite super hero.

First off, let me introduce myself. I'm not new to the blogosphere, though I shut down my last blog, and reintroducing this one. I am a young student trying to obtain knowledge of things beyond my grasp. Also, I wanna go to space. I love enjoying a beer (I'm of age) with my friends and talk about life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

I love my country, her citizens, my Church, and Her Children. Also, I have a high sense of traditional honor, in the sense that I want nothing to serve something bigger than myself, and will defend that ideal with my life, even if that means unto death.

Something like this:
Captain America is the quintessential citizen. He stands up for what is right, and refuses to back down. In a Western society that has truth flipped inside out, we need shining stars that recognizes Truth and defend that Truth. We need leaders to grab Hell by the nuts, and make sure that it's gates don't prevail. We need people like this who does this, not out of revenge, hatred, or anger, but instead who have the honor to do what is right: to suppress the suppressors, to defend the defenselessness, and to make the world around a better place afterwards. Captain America always gets back up when knocked down, not to make himself look bigger and better, but for the great Cause of Truth, out of necessity to defend that Truth.

I want to be Captain America, for I pray to have his virtues, if only for the people that I love. As Captain America truly symbolizes the courage to stand up for the Truth, I can only hope and to be inspired by such courage as I work to obtain it myself.

I will end in a quote of his from Amazing Spider-Man #537:
Doesn't matter what the press says. Doesn't matter what the politicians or the mobs say. Doesn't matter if the whole country decides that something wrong is something right. This nation was founded on one principle above all else: the requirement that we stand up for what we believe, no matter the odds or the consequences. When the mob and the press and the whole world tell you to move, your job is to plant yourself like a tree beside the river of truth, and tell the whole world — "No, you move."