I’ve seen more entries in social media recently (probably because it’s monitoring what I watch and catering to my views, but whatever) about men and standing for things, which is encouraging; I’ve seen more examples of the new pussified Skinny-Jean-Boy-in-a-Man’s-Shirt than anything else, which naturally leaves me a little disappointed in the future of our species.
Something that isn’t encouraged, but I think is shunned, is the capacity for violence. Notice that I said capacity here, which makes all of the difference in the world. Obviously anyone can strike out and destroy a weaker or less-prepared human, and we’re seeing a lot of that as tempers rise, but the real man- the man that should be respected and recognized (and yes, feared) is the one who does NOT lash out.
One of the tenets of bushido (kanji pictured above) is ‘jin’ which is benevolence or mercy, which is in no way to be misconstrued as weakness or cowardice. Inazo Nitobe said, “...mercy was not a blind impulse, but where it recognized due regard to justice, and where mercy did not remain merely a certain state of mind, but where it was backed with the power to save or kill.” This means that the real strength of a man, that truly separates real men from the meatsack, is discipline- the conscious decision to not perform acts of violence, when he is entirely capable of doing terrible things. The true hero contains and constrains the beast, knowing that he has the power to kill, yet chooses not to, unless it is absolutely necessary in the defense of right.
Who can look up to someone who lashes out on a whim, who loses his temper and strikes immediately and indiscriminately? Objectively- do you honestly want to see unrestrained, wanton violence and temper tantrums? What I see around me today are nothing but children in adult bodies, and I’m sure that once one gets corrected- the rest will stand down.
As they should, in the face of true danger.
As the saying goes, “temp not the righteous man to draw his sword….”