I got this article from our friend Eric Jacobus from the Stunt People, and I think you all will enjoy it as much as I did: Hold Fast: How Forgetfulness Torpedos Your Journey to Becoming the Man You Want to Be, and Remembrance Is the Antidote. The story begins with a story of four friends who try to explore a cave while holding onto a rope. From there, it goes into Plato’s Phaedrus and how life is about remembering who we want to be, and how we need to constantly repeat life’s lessons to ourselves so that we really learn. It’s a great view on how to truly become what you want to become. The crux of the story is that we need to hold onto our values.
One thing that struck me in particular was that (ironically) it reminded me of Michael Gurian’s book The Wonder of Boys, which I linked (again ironically) in my post about Asian American Masculinity. The really, really liberal left have got it all wrong, and they’ve always had it all wrong–while we can toss off the misguided values of the past (which is something that the far right refuses to do), we need to relearn the values of the past. This is why I try to raise my kids with traditional stories that teach values–to be brave, truthful, and good. It’s not just about questioning values, it’s about learning them. We always benefit from the wisdom of our ancestors and/or those who came before us, and yes, we need to hold fast to that rope.