Those are some good points, Roger. What makes me immediately skeptical is that it's a movement that seems to be occuring in reaction to
The points, however, seem to be somewhat valid.
I was raised more or less exclusively by my mother...who, with every best intention, did her very best but also didn't provide a good masculine role model a growing boy could aspire toward. It wasn't until I had children that I had to really find it myself.
Is this concept of a 'deep masculine' just another hype or is there something lacking in our society today that keeps men from really grabbing hold of it? Now, I'm not saying that on our fifteenth birthday we are to kill a lion and get a circumcision with a sharpened stone like the Maasai people in Kenya
but there seems to be a real lack of a legitimate rite of passage for boys to become men these days.
Take, for example, this fellow Ryan I know. This guy, by all popular standards, most folks would think of as a "real man." Works out, tough...definitely the fellow you'd want to have your back. Once you get to know him, he seems to be nothing more than an immature boy trapped in a man's body who exhibits no traits of a healthy evolved masculine man as he portrays himself.
What I'm unsure of is are the points addressed by this movement legitimate? Is Ryan an example of say male inexpressibility?
It seems to me, as I search inside about what "being a man" means to me is nothing about what it's portrayed in our culture...there seems to be quite a disconnect here and I'm really not sure why.
The rituals, I guess, kind of make sense...but, I agree that it doesn't really seem to make quite an impact that something like killing a lion might. It seems very
What is the answer?