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Horses, athletes, masculinity and meekness

by Greg Krehbiel on 3 December 2017

Most people seem to associate “meek” with “weak.” They think of a meek man as a guy with his head down, who doesn’t speak up, doesn’t cause a stir. He’s submissive, compliant, tame.

All those things sound like “weak,” but there’s another way to look at it.

Consider a wild horse. It’s fast and strong. It can bite you and it can kick you and pretty much ruin your day if you mess with it. That strength isn’t very useful — unless the horse is trained. The training doesn’t make the horse slower or weaker. It directs that speed and that strength in a useful direction. And if it’s a war horse, it can now kick and bite when and where it’s supposed to.

That is a “meek” horse. It’s not a weak horse. It’s a horse whose strength is now useful and directed.

The same thing applies to human strength. Someone might be naturally athletic, but proper training can make that natural ability into a thing of beauty. And in some cases, the weaker, slower man can beat the naturally faster, stronger man if he’s been trained well.

Tie all that back in to the current confusion about masculinity.

By nature, men have certain abilities and desires that might have served them well in the state of nature. But just like a horse or an athlete, those natural abilities need to be trained and directed and put in the correct context.

“Masculinity” is the natural, raw strength of men. It’s not a bad thing, any more than the speed of a horse is a bad thing. It just needs to be trained, and that’s where our society has fallen down. We don’t train boys to be useful men. We let them grow up feral and dangerous, and then we complain about masculinity. It’s so incredibly dumb and short-sighted.

For more on the topic, see my Eggs are Expensive, Sperm is Cheap.

2017-12-03  »  Greg Krehbiel

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