C.S. Lewis on masculinity

This quote is for every man out there who grew up wondering just exactly how to define masculinity. We had no Masculinity 101, no rites of passage, no Bible passage that clearly spells out a how-to-become-a-man recipe, no spiritual mentor to show us how to read between the lines to find instructions in masculinity, and only vague examples with very little (if any) explanation.  This is not to dishonor our fathers because they were in the same boat. After all, what man worth his salt wouldn’t want to train their sons in how to be a man… if they knew how?

So maybe this picture that Lewis paints will be our Masculine apocalypse.  Maybe one day when I grow up, I can be a knight, too.

The knight is a man of blood and iron, a man familiar with the sight of smashed faces and ragged stumps of lopped-off limbs; he is also a demure, almost a maidenlike, guest in hall, a gentle, modest, unobtrusive man. He is not a compromise or happy mean between ferocity and meekness; he is fierce to the nth and meek to the nth…”

…but…

“Knightly character is art not nature – something that needs to be achieved , not something that can be relied upon to happen.”

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