I’m heading out this weekend for a cub scout camping trip with my son and the rest of his pack. I tend to bring my own gear even if the Cub Master has most of the stuff the Troop/Pack owns. In part this is because as a “Scout” I learned to “Be Prepared,” and also because, as an atheist, it makes little sense to depend upon a gathering that cannot officially recognize my contribution. Such is life.
That upcoming outing and a recent soccer practice I observed got me to thinking about what’s going wrong with our kids. My son, who is a very honorable seven-year-old, is very frustrated by his team-mates, who are perhaps the worst behaved collection of boys I’ve ever observed. Note: I don’t object to fist-fights or other combat, to rigorous competition that risks injury, or to willful infliction of pain in the course of physical contests; I do all this and more when my son and I contend – such as when we fence. What I observed on that soccer field is entirely different. Just to mention the things my son endured:
- attempted wrestling take-down from behind without warning during coach instruction (coach talking, my son listening)
- interruption of a practice routine (repeatedly)
- breakdown of practice by horseplay and “keep-away” games
There’s much to be said for masculine competition, provided that competition remains in-group and encouraging. It’s alright to lose, and to know another man (or boy) bested you; it’s entirely different to experience the daily soft persecution androgyne perpetrate against boys who would be men and girls who would be women. Those androgynous boys and girls also horseplay. They eventually become faggot bullies and bull-dykes. Girls’ schools earned a reputation for lesbian dalliance; Catholic priests, likewise. Attempts to accomplish restoration of morals must account for adaptability of degenerates. This includes instruction in mutual respect and etiquette – even for mortal combat.
I’ve attempted to explain to my son various ways to treat barbarians – for that is what these children are – but there is a point after which I cannot expect a seven-year-old to advocate upon his own behalf. There are folks that advocate we keep our children out of public schools, or away from niggers / mestizos / etc., or provide religious instruction to vaccinate against barbarism, or encourage “manly” competition, or many other admonitions and encouragements toward good living. Ultimately, I think any and all of these recommendations are fruitless. The measure of a man is, invariably, a grand collection of traits that together make him wholly civilized.
The Boy Scout Law is instructive. A Scout is:
A litany of anonyms may be more darkly enlightening.
If a boy be trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and bawdy, he is not a Scout. A Scout must be all those things commanded by the Scout Law, or he is not a Scout. Likewise, a man must be Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, and Reverent, or he is not a man. Perhaps if he is most of these things, but not all, he is not yet an animal; yet he is still not a man. Is he a Monster?
It takes generations to create men, but only one neglected son to make a nation of barbarians. Take care what you rear.