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Posted 12 January 2019 - 02:30 PM

Grown Men Are the Solution, Not the Problem
By DAVID FRENCH
January 7, 2019 6:15 PM
(Arben Celi/Reuters)
National Review

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Yesterday afternoon, immediately after the Dallas Cowboys' hard-fought victory over the Seattle Seahawks, Fox's Erin Andrews interviewed Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott and running back Ezekiel Elliott. She asked Elliott what he thought when he saw Prescott take off for a key run that set up the winning touchdown.

"It's simple," Elliott responded, "He's a grown-ass man. That's what it is. That's how he played today, and he led us to this win."

That's a phrase you hear a lot in sports. "Grown man." There's grown-man football. There's grown-man basketball. It speaks to a certain style of play. Tough. Physical. Courageous. Overpowering. It's also fundamentally aspirational. It's quite safe to say that millions of young boys desire to become a grown man a person who is physically and mentally tough, a person who can rise to a physical challenge and show leadership under stress. In fact, that's not just an intellectual goal, it's a deeply felt need. It's a response to their essential nature.

But becoming a true "grown man" while a felt need isn't an easy process. It involves shaping and molding. It requires mentoring. It requires fathers who are themselves grown men. Turning boys into grown men means taking many of their inherent characteristics such as their aggression, their sense of adventure, and their default physical strength and shaping them toward virtuous ends. A strong, aggressive risk-taker can be a criminal or a cop, for example. To borrow from the famous American Sniper speech, they can be a sheepdog or a wolf.

And if you're a father of a young boy or spend much time with young boys especially if you coach boys in sports you'll note a very human paradox. Even as they want to become the grown man they see in their father or in their idols, they'll often fiercely resist (especially at first) the process. They'll find the discipline oppressive. Building toughness requires enduring pain. And who likes enduring pain? Effective leaders have to have a degree of stoicism, but it can be hard to suppress natural emotions to see reality clearly.

Nothing about this process is easy. Some fathers default to cruelty as a teaching tool, with disastrous results. Others are deeply intolerant of differences, rejecting or even bullying those boys who don't conform to masculine norms thus driving them into deep despair.

But while the process of raising that grown man isn't easy, it is necessary. Evidence of its necessity is all around us. While a male elite thrives in the upper echelons of commerce, government, the military, and sports, men are falling behind in school, committing suicide, and dying of overdoses at a horrifying rate, and their wages have been erratic but still lower (in adjusted dollars) than they were two generations ago.

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Posted 12 January 2019 - 04:10 PM

On the same theme. Look at the remarks of Clemson coaches and players after their defeat of the Crimson Tide. Faith, tuffness, execution and enthusiasm ! In other words what built this nation. It works every time. Reagan had it, all of our great leaders had it. It's not dead but much has to be done to get the losers out of the way.
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Posted 14 January 2019 - 08:32 AM

The world order needs beta males, you can't be in control with a bunch of alpha's around you. If you doubt that go to any really rich school and see what the kids there are learning. They most assuredly are not going to a school like the one our kids would go to. Their schools are much more traditional in their teachings.
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