2017 Masculine Resolutions #2: Learn To Take A Joke
Carrying on from my first post expanding on my recommended resolutions for those looking to reclaim their manhood in the year 2017, I will now turn to my second suggested: learn to take a joke. It is beyond a cliche at this point to state that we live in a world where political correctness has gone mad. Being offended, either yourself or on behalf of some theoretical faceless other, has been elevated to one of the greatest assaults upon ones person that can be suffered. Comedians such as Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld, and Larry the Cable guy have openly admitted that they no longer will do shows on college campuses because the student bodies don’t seem capable of appreciating good humour any longer. UC Berkley (which in a tremendous dose of irony was the start of the free speech movement back in the ’60s) was recently the site of outright riots over the mere idea of a speaker coming to campus whose entirely spiel is essentially that the political left has lost all perspective on the question of freedom of speech. That is where things stand today.Beyond the importance of freedom of speech itself, why is it important to masculinity to stand against this tide of overbearing political correctness? For starters when you drill down to it, the very concept is actually rather emasculating. A child is told from a very young age that “sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me”, as young adults the message essentially changes to one that infantilizes people. The mentality of our modern-day SJW PC activists is essentially one that reduces people to delicate little snowflakes that will swoon and faint at the merest off-colour comment. For a movement that is supposedly all about empowering people it is deeply ironic that the actual result is often to effectively promote a mentality that is the exact opposite (look no further than the now infamous video clip of a millennial protestor at Trump’s inauguration falling to his knees in an Oscar-winning wail of “Nooooooooooooo” for a perfect example of this).
Simply put, being a man requires you to stop acting like a blushing violent and instead man up. The world is an unpleasant place full of all kinds of unpleasantness and navigating it requires learning how to cope with this in a functional way instead of simply closing down or shutting up anything or anyone that challenges you or discomforts you or confronts you with something you would rather not face. This does not equate to being a doormat, when confronted by an outright asshole (of whom there are plenty in this world) there’s nothing wrong with telling him or her where to go and what to do with themselves when they get there and it’s perfectly alright to exercise your own freedom of speech to confront those whose views and opinion you disagree with. However that is vastly different from the model of the modern-day which instead seems to advocate shrinking in on oneself in response to controversy and confrontation and chanting pitifully for others to “Make it stop! Make it stop!”.
From my own personal experience, I’ve had a lot of nastiness directed at me pretty much starting from kindergarten up to the present day (being a reactionary oddball tends to attract that sort of thing). The important lesson I took away from it though was to simply not care, because once I realized I didn’t care it simply stopped mattering to me. Words are only words and they only have power over you if you let them. Having confidence in yourself and knowing who you are as a person is one of the foundations of masculinity, and is the ultimate disinfectant to nastiness.
Freedom is in essence a messy business. It’s uncomfortable and ugly and often down right upsetting. The great problem with our overly politically correct modern culture is that it effectively says to a great many people that they simply are unable to handle freedom, with all the messiness that it entails. When someone judges you unable to handle freedom they have turned you into a child. It’s high time we all started to man up instead and learned how to take a joke, or an insult, or even a racist slur and just get on with life.