Ellie and I just got back from Hawaii where we spent every day snorkeling–just on the local beach and not some special "spot." The profusion of marine life is extraordinary (the fish seem to like me) and the water is clean. It’s hard to see how humans are poisoning the planet.
Back home it’s the most perfect evening in Seattle. T-shirt weather, sipping slurping a Dark’n’Stormy, watching Ellie prune her rose bushes. A little piece of paradise.
I have no doubt that I owe this modest tranquility to men of conviction who fought in World War II, and every other battle from the time of the Magna Carta to the ongoing War on Terror. When I say "men of conviction," I don’t exclude women. Until recently it was understood that men and women were partners, with women providing the guidance, the inspiration, and the stamina that brought out the best in men.
Over the last three or four generations, that arrangement has shifted–along with the nature of the work that we do. Women took the position that they wanted a leadership role beyond the family. They said, "anything you can do, I can do better"–and that applied to education, business, government, and even the military. And, by and large, men in our culture with Western values and upbringing, said, "That sounds reasonable. Go for it."
It didn’t happen overnight. But it didn’t take all that long in terms of revolutions. Biology, instinct, nature, culture, history, tradition all had to be turned upside down. Yet it happened with virtually no spilling of blood. This is the most remarkable revolution in the history of mankind. Yet men of the western world get no credit for being the willing partner to this transformation.
Today my daughter is attending college and the ratio is nearly 60% women to 40% men. (In my day, women would complain it wasn’t fair because more places were allotted to men; now they say it isn’t fair because the competition’s fiercer among women, whereas men have it relatively easy.) Studies show that wages are virtually identical when they accurately account for experience levels and other variables. Possibly there’s a glass ceiling for women striving for the highest positions in large corporations. But it’s a rare breed that’s suited for those roles, and are they really that desirable? No doubt this too will even out in time.
Yet in politics we hear that there’s a "War on Women." In academia, they teach the One Truth, that everything’s the fault of white guys: The patriarchy. White male privilege. In a recent NY Times article, Ross Douthat quotes at length from an abominable screed that includes this sexist slogan: "Traditional masculinity has to die." And we are treated to a movie like Her that shows exactly that–a near future with no masculinity.
I’ve never understood how people on the left can be so enamored with the Gueveras, Castros, Lenins and Stalins of the world. On any given day you can see someone wearing a Che t-shirt or a Hamas headscarf as a fashion accessory; these are the same people who scorn those willing to sacrifice themselves for our country’s values and call them "entitled." I expect these folks will be having a bit less fun when the patriotic men and women are gone and they find themselves "serving" in harems and gulags.
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