“Masculinity is a sacred thing- and yet it’s been demonized and disprivileged in the Western world, regarded as just an excuse for brutality. Masculinity is about self-control; it’s about respect and power that’s ventilated when it’s necessary to use it.”
- Jonathan Bowden
One of the primary beliefs of modern feminism is essentially that men would be better (i.e. more “well-behaved“) if they were more like women.
The issues of violent crime, sexual assault and suicide perpetrated by men in the modern era have caused a great amount of fear in modern western society, particularly among women and particularly those of a modern feminist persuasion. And the solution to this problem, as laid out in feminist-produced films like “The Mask You Live In” and the curriculum based off said film that is being pushed into a growing number of schools and universities (and sponsored by Axe- purveyor of carcinogenic male beauty products); is that men need to “get in touch with their emotions”.
And this is not wholly untrue.
Modern western men are emotionally isolated and have for a long time lived in a world where expressing any sort of vulnerability or authenticity was frowned upon, causing men to “keep it bottled up”- and keeping anything bottled up inevitably leads to unwanted consequences.
But this problem is not some sort of side effect of “socially constructed” masculinity that has been around for centuries that we are now just learning how to deal with, due to our more “enlightened” state as a modern society. Rather, it is a side effect of modern society and the removal of men from their traditional roles and support structures and placing them in a world where they became little more than an economic integer- a creature of mass production and consumption.
But even having men’s support groups (a modern substitute for tribe) and learning how to “get in touch with our feelings” will not solve the crisis of masculinity and its tendency towards “anti-social” and even criminal behavior in the modern world. This is because in its prescription for what was wrong with men and how to solve it, modern feminism and its backers in corporate state chose to demonize and attempted to cut-off the “Warrior” aspect of male consciousness rather than embrace it.
This is because modernity is terrified of the warrior class- even though it still begrudgingly needs it in order to fulfill its aims of geopolitical and social control (until AI is at a point where it can replace it).
The warrior class makes the average modern person somewhat uncomfortable- even when they are in a somewhat obligatory and insincere way saying, “Thank you for your service”.
The warrior class lives in a world the average modern person prefers to pretend doesn’t exist. These are men who are intimately connected with, and in many ways, comfortable within the realm of violence and death. The average western modern person is terrified of these things and wants nothing to do with them.
The warrior is versed in violence and does not fear death. But the true warrior is not motivated by the egoism of the immature hero or the sadist, but is grounded in honor, duty, mission and the glory of serving those he is bound to.
In our modern, post WWII and Vietnam era, war and violence are seen as utterly abhorrent and is resented and feared by the western masses. But this has not always been the case. For millennia, the martial and warrior classes of a society were respected and revered for their strength, courage, honor and willingness to their die to defend their people. This was expressed in the stories of King Arthur, the Norse Eddas, the Homeric Epics, the Vedas, and Japanese martial texts like The Book of Five Rings and The Art of War.
The understanding that life in this world was one very much rooted in conflict of one sort or another was central to this ethos.
The warrior ethos was part and parcel with much of what would be considered pre-Christian Indo-European culture. And even with the introduction of Christianity and the infusion of Semitic ideals into the cultures of European peoples, the martial valor of European culture still lived on through institutions like Chivalry.
The doctrine of universal love of Christianity found itself able to co-exist and even become somewhat infused with the warrior ethos of European man from the early medieval period up through the Enlightenment.
But modernity changed all that.
With modernity came mass-scale industrialization- including the industrialization of mass slaughter and death. The honor and glory that was seen in the old forms of warfare were now all but gone.
There is little glory in being blown to bits by a helicopter machine gun or an IED.
Up until the last century, it was common for the Western aristocracy to be military men who proudly served in battle. But now, military service is seen very much as a “war of the ants” where it is the poor and underclass almost exclusively, who march often blindly into a veritable meat-grinder.
And even what little honor and glory that CAN be gleaned from industrialized warfare is now seen as an archaic abomination by modern liberal society- as are the men who would be “warriors”.
For this is a society that has largely cast out the warrior, for the warrior off the battlefield is seen as a threat to the “peace” and “safety” of the society he was ready to die to protect. This is because the functional mindset of the warrior is of a dangerously masculine type that is linked by modern culture to that of fascists and terrorists.
We have been taught to fear the warrior.
The collective trauma of the industrialized warfare of the 20th century and their accompanying political narratives have completely reshaped public perception. What was once honored and respected became reviled and feared.
Modernity cast its shadow onto the warrior.
Even with television commercials and segments about “supporting the troops”, it is done in a sort of “hands off” manner, where these men are quietly put “over there” as sort of odd ducks that can’t fit into modern society.
The ideals of the military and police; the modern “warrior caste”; are in truth, antithetical to the modern globalized commercial liberal order it is charged with protecting. These institutions are paired more and more with violent criminals and terrorists when observing the “crisis” of “toxic masculinity” and its tendency towards violence.
But violence is inherent in Nature, and it has always been the warriors that stood on the precipice of that violence, forming the human wall between it, and the elements of society that needed to be sheltered and protected from it.
In the book, “King, Warrior, Magician, Lover: Rediscovering the Archetypes of the Mature Masculine”, authors Robert Moore and Douglas Gillette stated:
“We live in a time when people are generally uncomfortable with the Warrior form of masculine energy… This is the age in the West of the ‘soft masculine’ and it is a time in which radical feminists raise loud and hostile voices against the Warrior energy. In liberal churches, committees are removing such ‘warlike” hymns as ‘Onward Christian Soldiers’ and ‘The Battle Hymn of the Republic’ from the hymnals.”
Moore and Gillette went on to state in criticism of feminism and modern liberalism’s attempt to re-design a less-aggressive, less-threatening man:
“We can’t just take a vote and vote the Warrior out. Like all archetypes, it lives on despite of our conscious attitudes for it. And like all repressed archetypes, it goes underground eventually to resurface in the form of emotional and physical violence.”
The idea that we can simply treat a timeless, eternal archetype as a simple socially-constructed aberration that can be “trained out” of men is the height of modern arrogance and disconnectedness.
Unless we instill in our young men the discipline, courage and honor necessary to utilize the Warrior archetype of Masculinity in a healthy and functional way, we will continue to create either neurotic, effeminate men who are unable to protect themselves or anyone else, or insensitive bullies/predators who simply seek violence and domination for selfish gratification.
The Warrior needs to be integrated, not shunned- and there should be no greater indicator of this than how absolutely terrified and resentful the Western masses are of it.
Let us strive to once again find a way of being where the virtues of the loyalty, honor and courage are once again things worth living and dying for.
Let us strive to be able to fearlessly stare death in the face, unphased and even welcoming of its glory.
Namaste and WRA-ALDA’S Blessings.