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Some past posts that have already said pretty much everything I would say.
It is one of the great American paradoxes — perhaps not just American, but I see it most here — that we so honor the warrior while so hating war. Right both ways.
And please read the link before concluding I’ve gone completely off the rails with my language. I’m being quite literal here.
Men need achievement. They need to earn respect. But when men get together to start striving and doing, they often get absurd. Everyone who’s spent time there knows the workplace is just a bit ridiculous. Even workplaces with bona-fide valuable missions: when I was in the military I estimated it was about 3/4ths farce, except not played for laughs.
I wonder if men need women to bring them back to earth sometimes. When you’re a kid, you play dress up at home. When you’re grown, you come home so you can stop playing dress up.
The NRA-ILA (National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action) aggregates media stories/reports of legally armed citizens responding to or preventing assaults or threats of violence.
Behold, The Armed Citizen.
John C. Wright’s book Awake in the Night Land is out.
I can’t really express how good it is. This is a book that I will be rereading and thinking about for the rest of my life. It is a book that made my eyes shine when my wife walked into the room. It is touched with holiness. (more…)
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Modesty is to women as chivalry is to men.
-Thus Calculated Bravery.
The idea is that chivalry is the disciplined and God-fearing use of male power, whereas modesty is the disciplined and God-fearing use of female power.
Women provide value to male action. They do not need to act themselves to be valuable, they just need to be. Many of the things that we value a women for doing consist in creating a larger extension of herself. Women are not objects, because objects are means.
This is a simplification, maybe even a radical simplification–it isn’t the truth, but glimmers of some greater light that is the truth. To the extent the simplification is accurate, its true hylomorphically or statistically or mythically or as a melody around which we construct ourliving counterpoints.
It’s also from a man’s perspective. What is the right simplification from a woman’s perspective?
Men provide value of female existence (not of action) and children provide value of female action.
The woman’s existence is her action, in a Taoist way. Action through inaction. It makes sense of Peter’s puzzling teaching that our women master their unbelieving husbands by submitting to them.
Lehi says there are things that act and things to be acted upon. The acting thing is partly determined by the thing that is acted upon: the thing that is acted upon sets the metes and determines the bounds of the actor’s possibilities.