This post has stuff about religion. My perspective has changed
A couple years back James Dobson played an excerpt from a previous broadcast in which he read an article by Peggy Noonan entitled Welcome Back, Duke. Her essay highlights the almost lost qualities that truly make a man. After I heard it I was geared up. I felt confident and alive and ready to take on the day; I felt ready to conquer.
Men are back
It is not only that God is back, but that men are back. A certain style of manliness is once again being honored and celebrated in our country since Sept. 11. You might say it suddenly emerged from the rubble of the past quarter century, and emerged when a certain kind of man came forth to get our great country out of the fix it was in.
I am speaking of masculine men, men who push things and pull things and haul things and build things, men who charge up the stairs in a hundred pounds of gear and tell everyone else where to go to be safe. Men who are welders, who do construction, men who are cops and firemen. They are all of them, one way or another, the men who put the fire out, the men who are digging the rubble out, and the men who will build whatever takes its place.
Excerpt from Welcome Back, Duke, by Peggy Noonan
Real manhood isn’t sensitive, emotional, or idle—it’s tough, brave, and it gets things done. That’s the kind of man that I want to be.
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