Monday, April 30, 2012

Lucia Revenge of the Forsaken Gods

Fr Barron comments on the new movie, "Bully", that hasn't been released in New Zealand yet, but looks like it's coming soon according to Flicks. He says it's very hard to watch it without an intense feeling of helplessness and sadness. What he found especially troubling was the cluelessness of the adults involved - they seemed to have no idea what to do.

He then goes on to mentioning Dr Leonard Sax who wrote Why Gender Matters: What Parents and Teachers Need to Know about the Emerging Science of Sex Differences.  Fr Barron mentioned this book in one of his YouTube videos and as a result, Dr Sax sent him another one of this books (which I have as well), Boys Adrift: The Five Factors Driving the Growing Epidemic of Unmotivated Boys and Underachieving Young Men.  My title, Revenge of the Forsaken Gods comes from Boys Adrift, which Fr Barron talks about in the above YouTube on this post.

Fr Barron starts by asking what happens when we forget something that our ancestors knew, what happens when we forgot that boys just don't naturally become men.  The ancients knew that boys had to go through a very conscious and disciplined process, which tests them, which awakens their courage, which tests their perseverance; and after this they are able to become men who can make a contribution to the wider society, who can face the challenges of life with courage, who can become people of selflessness and service.  Otherwise boys remain in a narcissistic attitude, self-protective attitude or in our terms the sort of slacker attitude, or they become bullies.

Yes, the lack of testing and guidance of boys in our culture led by mature men has a lot to do with the bully phenomenon.  Boys need mature men to model for them what it means to be a man.  When that's lacking, the energies that these boys have get unfocused (ie the slacker dude) or they become focused in an unhealthy way, so all this energy becomes violence against the weak.  They need the proper process to direct their energies toward the good of the community instead and towards a selfless love and protection of the weak and the innocent.

Fr Barron quotes Dr Sax who says that you might not be able to turn a bully into a flower child, but with the right mentoring and initiation, you might be able to turn a bully into a knight.

1 comment(s):

I.M Fletcher said...

Men are becoming wimps. There is a whole group of men who now follow the girls cartoon, 'My Little Pony', and call themselves bronies. An author at is (rightfully) sickened by this and writes -

But should Hollywood really be enabling this phenomenon?
Hell no. It’s a freaking embarrassment.

All the while, as these pathetic sissies giggle like school girls over magic unicorns that spray rainbows from their horns, real men – and women – who have put aside the temptation to retreat into a frivolous fantasy world are tromping through the wilds of Afghanistan. Such young adults, some younger (in years) than the “bronies,” are protecting all of us – including these pathetic weirdoes.

It makes me want to wretch.
Yeah, some will say it’s unfair to compare a bunch of harmless fem-boys who stopped maturing at age seven with the heroic men and women facing death or dismemberment on all our behalves every day. People who say that are wrong. These perma-virgins ought to be ashamed of themselves, but if they had the capacity for shame, this disgusting obsession would be a secret they guard almost as closely as a Harvard faculty member might guard the fact that he’s a registered Republican.

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