Real Men

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This post has stuff about religion and a previous relationship. My perspective has changed

I heard an amazing radio broadcast today. James Dobson from Focus on the Family played an excerpt from a previous broadcast (@ about 13 min) in which he read an article by Peggy Noonan entitled Welcome Back, Duke. This article highlights the almost lost qualities that truly make man a man. After I heard it this morning I was pretty revved up. I felt confident and alive; I felt ready to take on the day; I felt ready to conquer.

Peggy sums it up like this:
<blockquote cite=“http://www.jwayne.com/articles/peggy-noonan10122001.shtml">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. Peggy Noonan. Welcome Back, Duke. 21 Aug 2006 [Online] JWayne Article Archive.</blockquote>
I just watched the movie Edison Force with Mary. There was some questionable content but ultimately it was about a man who, by his flawed character, got himself into a bad situation and because of his integrity fought hard to make it right. In the movie he embodied all of the traditional roles of a man: protector, provider, and leader—mostly protector. It’s sad how real manhood has been mostly relegated to the cinema—and now even that is being rivaled by movies like Brokeback Mountain.

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. A real man.