Return of Kings links to a profile of an 84-old blacksmith, noting, “This is a man.” The post offers us a good chance to think about something. What is a man?
Unlike so many other philosophical questions seem, the answer to that will have an impact on your life.
To answer the question you must first accept something as true: All animals have an inherent nature.
Some men claim that humans are not like other animals. Next time you wipe you ass or pick your boogers, ask yourself if man is more beast or god.
When you observe free and enslaved men, a man’s true nature if revealed.
Men are designed for hierarchical status regimes. It is not in a man’s nature to seek or respect egalitarian systems. Men struggle in environments where responsibility is not clearly delineated. Men need to know who is in charge. Men are OK with systems that are “harsh but fair.”
Men are designed for combat. As men respect and are more comfortable with hierarchy it follows that men enjoy conflict. Any place where men congregate, men will argue.
Men are meant to be guided, mentored, and often ruled by more competent men. Every one of us has had a man-crush on another men. We have all likely worked for someone we admired. Even those of us with huge egos have no trouble recognizing that some men are superior in some ways to us. I have no trouble following orders from someone who is my legitimate better.
Men are not meant to be controlled by inferior men – or any woman. Just as working for or with a superior man is a buzz, having an inferior man breathing down our necks is soul-sucking.
When is the last time a man happily took his wife’s orders? Men do not seek nagging; they succumb to it. Men submit to women only after their spirits have been crushed.
Men are supposed exercise their will. Men fight hard to rise through the ranks of companies. But even dejected men try “leveling-up” in video games. A man with a horrible job might still try building his body at the gym. No many simply wants to rot.
Men are not designed for long-term romantic love. “I miss my dog,” my commanding officer said while we were in the field. He and the other married men laughed. They all could relate, although I was too young to understand. None of them missed their wives but they all missed their dogs.
A dog may live to be 10 or 15 years of age and yet a man loves the old dog as much as he loved the puppy. How many men still love their wives after 10 or 15 years?
It is not that men are incapable of loving a woman. Men simply lose interest after a few years. Long-term relationships are not in our DNA.
Once you recognize the essential nature of man, you begin thinking through the implications and reaching proper conclusions about work and women.
If you are unhappy, it’s because you’ve ignored your essential nature as a man. If you work at a job where women or inferior men give you orders before going home to sit around watching TV, you are of course miserable. You are no different from a dog who is locked up in a small apartment.
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