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Although I am hetero-sexual, it is not women that I like so well as men, true men, good men, those that are hard to find. I like them even if they're a little rough around the edges, a little lacking in compassion, even a little eccentric, but not soft. I like a man who prefers peace but understands war. He knows that many women are beautiful geese, and even those that are not can be dangerous, even the best have claws. I like a man who doesn't feel sorry for the bull in a bull fight but also appreciates "Heart of Darkness." I like coffee-drinking men, men who like good Scotch and will settle for average if pressed. I like brothers who sometimes worship the God of War, who understand why God had to destroy Soddom and Ghommorea, including every woman and child. I like a man who knows the meaning of brotherhood, who would let the authorities chop off his right hand before he turned on a true friend. A shout out to Steve Davis, who stood by my side in a teenage scrap. A shout out to Eric Beekman, who could have been an olympic sprinter, preffered to be a pot-smoking janitor, and has always had my back. No love for Alex Casey, a doctor's son, who was phenomenally athletic, superficially smart and whose true God was social hierarchy. Even he had a few admirable qualities. No love for those who hide behind titles and money, those too stupid to understand loyalty. A shout out to those who pick their battles, fight them bare-fisted and show respect to a worthy adversary.


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The following comments are for "A Good Man is Hard to Find"
by seanspacey

a few thoughts
First of all, I apologize for my rants to the extent that they've really been misogynistic. I've had kind of a hard time in life and this is sort of a by-product. I don't know if you realize how many girls treat men who are a little down and out, particularly if they're also a little eccentric. But guys are guilty of this, too. Actually, I owe much of my limited success in life to help from older women. I just seem to connect with them. There's the doctor's wife who gave me a scholarship out of her own pocket, there's the Shakespeare professor who I TA for, and so many others through my life. Secondly, I don't hate kittens just because they have claws. Everybody's always telling me to get real but I am. Life is to some extent a Darwinistic struggle. Men, due to certain genetic factors, are more of a risk than women. In a winning scenario, they stand to reproduce much more widely than a successful woman. But it can be hard to be a struggling man and women can have claws, I know. Thirdly, when I criticize certain female behaviors in our society, I'm really helping the cause of feminism. Here's why. Certain behaviors are really the manifestations of domination by a patriarchal society. Women paying so much attention to their appearance, as opposed to their own identities and actions, will inevitably leave them in a subordinate role. And, I don't know if you know this, but I went through heck and am still in the process, for hitting a girlfriend who punched me first. This sort of situation, where women are not responsible for their own behavior, essentially deprives them of the opportunity for leadership. If you're not responsible for your actions, it's hard to build credibility. Anyway, I just want to end by apologizing to anyone I've offended and let people know that I really do believe in a society where men and women are equals. And in general, if I come across as egotistical or offensive, my intentions are good. I'm someone who's suffered a lot. I have a massive inferiority complex and I compensate with occasional megalomania. I think I'm a good person at heart.

( Posted by: seanspacey [Member] On: August 11, 2004 )

A good man...
Hey Sean,

This one really hit home for me. Personally, I would rather have no friends than have the kind of friends who cut-and-run when you need them most. What I wouldn't give for one friend who still believed in honour, would sooner break their neck than break their word. Someone who wouldn't talk shit behind my back, and if others started talking shit, would defend me if I wasn't around to defend myself.

Claire, I think the point being made here -or the one I interpret at any rate- is that we live in a feminine society. There are attributes that a masculine society holds higher in esteem. Things such as loyalty and honesty, which in our society have been replaced by 'social hierarchy' and political correctness. In a feminine society, it is better to be nice than to be honest. It is better to be popular than remain loyal to an unpopular belief or person. It's not that a feminine society doesn't value these things, they are simply lower on the totem pole. Now, this obviously doesn't apply to every woman, as women are unique individuals as are men. There are simply some qualities that are predominantly feminine, and some that are predominantly masculine. Cats and dogs. Of course, some cats are lions, and some dogs are toy poddles.

Sean, would you mind posting this in the forums? I think it would make for a great debate.

Regards,
Jason

( Posted by: eleutheromaniac [Member] On: August 11, 2004 )

seanspacey
I like this rant very well. My favorite part:

And, I don't know if you know this, but I went through heck and am still in the process, for hitting a girlfriend who punched me first. This sort of situation, where women are not responsible for their own behavior, essentially deprives them of the opportunity for leadership. If you're not responsible for your actions, it's hard to build credibility

I very, very much agree with this particular idea. Cheers, seanspacey, you seem much more human to me now. I'm not superglued to the manifesto as regards your character. Look forward to reading some more of your work, whether i agree with it all or not.

( Posted by: mzjen1 [Member] On: August 11, 2004 )

lol
You really confused me! "A Good Man Is Hard To Find" is a short story I had to read just this past year

ha

( Posted by: Deadally [Member] On: August 11, 2004 )

A Good Man
*sigh* I totally agree, but for totally different reasons! :-)

Very thoughtful post

( Posted by: londongrey [Member] On: August 12, 2004 )





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