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[COMMENT: The terrible description of Canadian "manhood" below (and to be fair, most of Western manhood) is mind-boggling. Like the Belgian who, lamenting what he perceived as the end of Europe, said, "I never learned how to defend my freedom, only how to enjoy it." Most Western men would have to say the same thing.
How did we get here?
Only in the law and grace of God will we, both men and women, emerge back into the light again. The pathetic scene has been recognized for decades. Iron John, written by Robert Bly decades ago, tells the story of the "soft male", the male who cannot be fierce. Bly was not a "right wing Christian", not a Christian at all, if memory serves rightly. But he understood something of what is happening to men.
All military warfare and police action is just a smaller part of the general spiritual war that goes on all the time. Men MUST be ready at all times to fight that war, beginning with their own spiritual battles within themselves. As we become mature men of God, we become spiritual warriors, not wimps. We become, first of all, men who will stand up for truth-seeking at any cost to themselves.
From there, the road to the Kingdom is open, kept open by the
Son of God who informed us that the truth would set us free (John 8:31
ff.) -- if we kept His word, as in "Pick up your cross daily, and follow
Me....". Only a Godly spiritual warrior can rightly handle military or
police action. Only a Godly spiritual warrior will know how rightly to
submit the use of coercive force to the law and grace of God.
Yet the defining image of contemporary Canadian maleness is not M Lepine/Gharbi but the professors and the men in that classroom, who, ordered to leave by the lone gunman, meekly did so, and abandoned their female classmates to their fate — an act of abdication that would have been unthinkable in almost any other culture throughout human history. The “men” stood outside in the corridor and, even as they heard the first shots, they did nothing. And, when it was over and Gharbi walked out of the room and past them, they still did nothing. Whatever its other defects, Canadian manhood does not suffer from an excess of testosterone.
I have always believed America is different. Certainly on
September 11th we understood. The only good news of the day came
from the passengers who didn’t meekly follow the obsolescent 1970s
hijack procedures but who used their wits and acted as free-born
individuals. And a few months later as Richard Reid bent down and
tried to light his shoe in that critical split-second even the
French guys leapt up and pounded the bejasus out of him.
We do our children a disservice to raise them to entrust all to officialdom’s security blanket. Geraldo-like “protection” is a delusion: when something goes awry — whether on a September morning flight out of Logan or on a peaceful college campus — the state won’t be there to protect you. You’ll be the fellow on the scene who has to make the decision. As my distinguished compatriot Kathy Shaidle says:
When we say “we don’t know what we’d do under the same circumstances”, we make cowardice the default position.
I’d prefer to say that the default position is a terrible
enervating passivity. Murderous misfit loners are mercifully rare.
But this awful corrosive passivity is far more pervasive, and,
unlike the psycho killer, is an existential threat to a functioning
— Mark Steyn, a National Review columnist, is author of America Alone
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