To Be a Man…

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Is to be naturally conservative. It’s to believe that you are in control of your destiny. It is to believe that, despite whatever has happened to you in the past, you have the capacity to change your future for the better. Or worse. It’s up to you.

The concept is embodied in the notion of ‘rugged individualism’ that remains an influential force in American culture. It’s why folks are against gun control on principle, even if maybe it would save a few thousand lives annually, give or take. And it’s not unreasonable.

When you see the left’s propensity for rules, rules, rules and more rules, along with enforcing punishment of thoughtcrimes, it becomes clear that this pleasant exercise as a democratic republic could go away fairly easily. There was a time when men could be on the left, I suppose, but in the 21st century a man can no longer afford to be a Democrat.

Author: @dogma_vat

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2 thoughts on “To Be a Man…”

  1. Well said and many thanks for your insight.

    I must (in a friendly way) take issue with the statement that “gun control…maybe…would save a few thousand lives annually”. With credit to Larry Elder of IBD:

    Twenty years ago economist John Lott, author of “More Guns, Less Crime,” and his research partner wrote: “We find that allowing citizens to carry concealed weapons deters violent crimes and it appears to produce no increase in accidental deaths. If those states which did not have right-to-carry concealed gun provisions had adopted them in 1992, approximately 1,570 murders; 4,177 rapes; and over 60,000 aggravated assaults would have been avoided yearly.”

    Thus, I question whether a rollback of 2nd Amendment rights would save any lives at all, or rather result in a net loss of life. After all, the violent and strong will always be as they are. The weak will either suffer as they must (see Thucydides) or they will benefit from the great equalizer: firearms.

    Further, I must (once again in a friendly way) take issue with the notion that we can change our own future in the sense that “It’s up to you”.

    On the one hand, the Left tries to discredit the notion of the rugged individualist with such claptrap as “You didn’t build that.” At the same time, the Left sets up the individual as his or her own little God with notions that whatever such an individual wants should be granted regardless of objective reality or cost. In Leftist thought the State mediates this conflict of the collective and the individual by trampling on the truly distinctive rights of individuals, while setting itself up as the guardian of every vice that sublimates the individual to the State’s own control.

    On the other hand, the rugged individualist recognizes that he faces forces beyond his control and that his survival is not always up to him. For anyone who has spent time in any kind of extreme situation this is an obvious fact: we prepare for the worst and we control what we can, but the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry (with credit to Robert Burns). Thus the rugged individualist recognizes his mortality, his fallibility, and his need to be saved by something other than his own ability.

    And that brings us to the existentialist Karl Jaspers. Essentially, he posited that every human being reaches a shipwreck moment in life. In that moment we can either succumb to despair or we can take a leap of faith to recognize a higher power beyond ourselves which will rescue us from the absurdity of existence.

    And that brings us back to the notion that “It’s up to you.” It is, indeed, up to each one of us. At the same time, it is always up to a higher power. We can square the circle by recognizing that we gain redemption by giving up our own illusory sense of control to a higher power that can actually redeem us and give meaning to our fleeting lives.

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