The Good Men Project posted an excerpt from The Way of Men today — the entire chapter “On Being A Good Man.”
Reducing masculinity to a handful of tactical virtues may seem crude, thuggish and uncivilized. What about moral virtue? What about justice, humility, charity, faith, righteousness, honesty, and temperance?
Aren’t these manly virtues, too?
Men aren’t heartless monsters and they aren’t machines. Men think about more than hunting and killing and defending. Men are capable of compassion as well as cruelty.
Thinking men ask “why.” It’s not always enough to win. Men want to believe that they are right, and that their enemies are wrong. To separate us from them, men find moral fault in their enemies and create codes of conduct to distinguish themselves as good men. One of the finest examples of this is the Christian knight—an ascetic committed to piety and violence, fighting in shining armor for goodness with God on his side. Most men would agree that it is better to be a good man who stands up to bad men. They would rather be heroes than villains. Most men want to see themselves as good men fighting for something greater than survival or gain.
When you ask men about what makes a real man, a lot of them will get up on their high horses and start talking about what it means to be a good man. Read the rest at The Good Men Project….
An interview and introduction to The Way of Men will follow tomorrow.
The Good Men Project leans heavily to the feminist/progressive left, so I look forward to reactions from that camp.