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.