Lies build on lies. Is any of it masculine? Or healthy?
Masculinity includes truth-seeking, not running from the truth and hiding from it.
There is a reason why Satan is called “the Father of Lies.” Without truth or some semblance of it, without a search for truth, a hunting and gathering for truth, we all dry up. This is why the January 6 commission is so important and those who voted not to participate chose to wrap themselves in a lie, run from the truth and, of course, hurl rocks, stones and more lies at those trying to get to the truth.
To be afraid of truth is to be a wimp, a less-than-man. Indeed, a less than human, as Hildegard of Bingen puts it.
A real person—and a real man–searches for truth and does not peddle lies. Truth is natural to the human heart, just as food is natural to the human stomach. “The proper objects of the heart,” says Thomas Aquinas, “are truth and justice.” Truth and justice go together. Without truth, there can be no justice. Without justice, there can be very little truth. Our hearts are made for truth, not for lies.
bell hooks comments that Stoltenberg, in his book, The End of Manhood, continually emphasizes that men can honor their own selfhood only through loving justice. He asserts: ‘Justice between people is perhaps the most important connection people can have.’ Loving justice for themselves and others enables men to break the chokehold of patriarchal masculinity.*
Justice and truth go together. Injustice and lying go together. Authentic masculinity chooses the former. A failed and sick masculinity chooses the latter.
*bell hooks, all about love: New Visions, pp. 41f.
Adapted from Matthew Fox, The Tao of Thomas Aquinas, pp. 101-112.
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Is it your experience also that truth and justice go together? And that you can’t have one without the other? What follows from that?
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