“Men often hate each other because they fear each other; they fear each other because they do not know each other; they do not know each other because they cannot communicate; they cannot communicate because they are separated. Religion deals with both earth and heaven, both time and eternity. Religion operates not only on the vertical plane but also on the horizontal. It seeks not only to integrate men with God but to integrate men with men and each man with himself…Any religion that professes to be concerned with the souls of men and is not concerned with the slums that damn them, the economic conditions that strangle them and the social conditions that cripple them is a dry-as-dust religion.”
“The wicked draw their swords
and string their bows
to kill the poor and the oppressed,
to slaughter those who do right.
But their swords will stab their own hearts,
and their bows will be broken.”—Psalm 37:14-15
"In an attempt to prevent sharks from eating the tuna he had just caught, Hemingway opened fire with a Thompson submachine-gun directly into the water. This, of course, was pretty counterproductive, since it only produced more blood, attracting more sharks and exacerbating the feeding frenzy."
Here’s a Heman Hemingway Burger to grill in honor of such manliness:
"Don’t be cowards and attack us with drones…send your soldiers"
“I say to America, that the Islamic Caliphate has been established, and we will not stop…Don’t be cowards and attack us with drones. Instead send your soldiers, the ones we humiliated in Iraq….We will humiliate them everywhere, God willing, and we will raise the flag of Allah in the White House,” -Abu Mosa, IS (Islamic State formerly ISIS)
Men and their melodramatic metaphors for a mundane reality
“If a culture does not deal with the warrior energy—take it up consciously, discipline it, honor it—it will turn up outside in the form of street gangs, wife beating, drug violence, brutality to children, and aimless murder. One major task of contemporary men is to reimagine, now that the images of eternal warrior and outward warrior no longer provide the model, the value of the warrior in relationships, in literary studies, in thought, in emotion.” -Robert Bly, Iron John
"Bly’s “inner warrior” never makes war, and can only survive in a state where he is protected from men who are prepared to use violence against other violent men. The world is still a violent place, and the inner warrior would be a joke—and a helpless target—in the ghetto or the Third World. Bly speaks from a pampered Western upper middle class perspective, where people devote their time to “literary studies” and “relationships.” The inner warrior attempts to make use of the vocabulary and the virtues that have characterized masculinity throughout history. Without the real world rationales for strength, courage and honor, he is left with a bunch of melodramatic metaphors for a mundane reality…
Sensing that men are pacing their concrete cages, the reimaginers of masculinity have attempted to redecorate man’s pound with questing narratives and talk of wildness. But a spiritual journey is just a story about thinking. You don’t actually go anywhere. The inner warrior never knows what it means to face death head on, or to see the life leave the eyes of his vanquished foe. His victories are petty and his defeats are trivial. The weekend initiate to manhood never feels the earth on his knees, the urgency of hunger or the warmth of fresh blood on his forehead. And the man who denies his own will to power so that others may thrive makes himself a slave.
“The world does not consist of 100 percent Christians and 100 percent non-Christians. There are people (a great many of them) who are slowly ceasing to be Christians but who still call themselves by that name… There are other people who are slowly becoming Christians though they do not yet call themselves so.”—C.S. Lewis (via contrariansoul)
I was reading the Lectionary’s gospel text for this week that tells the story of Jesus walking on the water in Matthew 14:22-33. It’s a passage that has it’s roots deep in the old testament and it’s trunk in the gospels and fruitful branches reach up into the apocalypse. The image of God standing on the waters of chaos, above all beasts, serpents and monsters of the sea. This alone is worthy of prayerful meditation but the real amazing part of the story is the Jesus calls Peter to come out on the water. Christ beckons us to join him above the powers, to walk…on the water. That provoked me to praying these passages below in both declaration of Christ triumphant and my own walk in that victory over the chaos.
“Men who don’t care about what the other men think of them aren’t dependable or trustworthy…Strength, Courage, Mastery, and Honor. These are the practical virtues of men who must rely on one another in a worst-case scenario. Strength, Courage, Mastery, and Honor are simple, functional virtues. They are the virtues of men who must answer to their brothers first, whether their brothers are good or unscrupulous men.”— -Jack Donovan, The Way of Men