Behind the violence in our time so visible in men hiding behind assault weapons and killing 19 children in grade school; or killing 10 black people shopping in a grocery store; or descending on Coeur d’Alene, Idaho to make havoc on a Pride parade; or violently invading the nation’s capital there lies a masculinity problem.
Neo fascism, authoritarianism and faux masculinity are on the march around the world and certainly in America.
Those elected congressmen who refuse to eliminate assault weapons or even to raise the minimum age for carrying them from 18 to 21 years (because to say or vote otherwise might endanger their job status) also have a masculine problem.
One who is not willing to lose his job over a value that matters (like honoring the lives of others) is not morally adult yet. And politicians who feed homophobia by attacking transsexuals for political points have a masculinity problem.
It is interesting that the mother of one of the men arrested in Idaho and belonging to the Patriot Front group tells how her son became after she and her husband divorced and he was essentially fatherless as a teenager. Then found the Patriot Front.
A president who cheers on proud boys and oath keepers and others bent on violence while they storm the capitol to interrupt a congressional duty to pass power peacefully also displays a masculinity problem.
As does a president who lacks the manliness to admit he lost an election and chooses to tell lies instead and whip up others to follow the lies. Real manliness is lacking in a president who prefers telling lies to speaking truth.
The results are predictable—all sorts of weak souls and morally challenged individuals choose the folly of violence over peace-making especially if they have the blessing of father figures.
Recall that Susan Sontag understands fascism as “institutionalized violence.” As a major political party in America more and more invites neo-fascists into its belly, it also welcomes the institutionalizing of violence. January 6 was just one instance.
Humans often choose folly, as we meditated on yesterday. There is also violent folly which more and more is and will be making headlines.
For this reason and also because we have been meditating together on the shadow that can take over our 7th chakra and deliver all kinds of havoc and chaos, war and violence, when unattended, it is good to visit the healthy masculine.
To be continued
See Matthew Fox, Sins of the Spirit, Blessings of the Flesh, pp. xxxviii, 300.
And Matthew Fox, The Hidden Spirituality of Men: Ten Metaphors to Awaken the Sacred Masculine.
To read the transcript of Matthew Fox’s video teaching, click HERE.
Banner Image: Prophet against fascism, activist singer-songwriter Woody Guthrie with his guitar labeled “This Machine Kills Fascists.” Mural artist unknown, Germantown, KY. Photo by Don Sniegowski on Flickr.
Queries for Contemplation
Do you see a “masculinity problem” on display in today’s political world? Do you recognize a connection between it and the rise of authoritarianism and fascism and welcoming it into political parties?