Something I have noticed in my travels thus far; in this day and age, young men (my age especially) view kindness as weakness.
The implicit idea is that you are a “pushover” or a “pussy” for showing gentleness (being a gentleman). Masculine ideals of a generation past have been discarded in favor of everyone imitating a jungle predator in over-priced shoes. The apathetic acceptance and market success of such facades reflect poorly upon our culture.
To be a strong man requires the temperance of human kindness. This noble ability to make and endure the reality of distinction, to create a hierarchy of values and apply them to human beings is what separates heroes from the cowards, the elites from the brutes.
So what happened? Where did the chivalrous man go, and who left this subhuman animal in his place? This filthy thug “hero” certainly hasn’t been the prevailing dynamic forever.
Let me begin by stating that I believe everyone reading this article will at least share my desire for a more orderly and prosperous society than what currently exists in the West today. With that said, my criticisms and considerations are mainly directed at libertarians.
I should preface that I myself have been a libertarian since 2007 or so. I supported Ron Paul in 2008 and would have liked to have seen him get the GOP nomination at least in 2012. Besides that I have read, watched and studied libertarian ideology since then, so don’t believe a return criticism that can be leveled at me is, “he just doesn’t understand libertarianism!” In fact, it is my understanding of the subject that informs these criticisms.
Libertarians desire a society that has more personal liberty, economic freedom and less “nanny state” molestation of the individual. These are indeed admirable goals, but their ways of achieving these are mistaken. Many think this can be done through either nonviolence and the non-aggression principle, or a sort of Fabian philosophical drift.
Seeing nothing new under the sun, I’ve come to think, as The Joker put it, “that is the one rule you’ll have to break to know the truth.” To paraphrase him, the only sensible way to live in this world and achieve your goals is not through the absence of rules(ers), but by not allowing everyone to decide on the rules.