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BE A MAN

The best way to keep the chimps and hyenas at bay is to mold yourself into a lion or gorilla. Humans are animals too. Be a ferocious one. Be the hero of your own life story. An able protector. A warrior. Instead of watching formidable men play sports and obsessing over it, go to the gym. Skip the bar Friday night and buy some boxing gloves with your buddies. Get punched in the face. Realize that you aren't fragile. Carrying a warm mildly sore black eye around feels good. Feels alive. May just be the first time you ever really felt like a man in your life. Try it. Learn the difference between pain and injury. Realize that they both heal quicker than fear or shame. Make yourself formidable. Stand up to anyone and everything that you think is wrong. You might get hurt. You might get arrested. Sure. You might even die in the process.

You also might live to be 90. You might literally rot to death before your own eyes. A helpless burden on everyone you ever loved. Having successfully lived a long and safe life that didn't mean shit. No one talked about you. No one felt the way about you... that you feel about those action heroes you read about, or watched on TV. Your sons never envied your feats. They envied the feats of athlete strangers and fake bikers and gangsters on TV while they sat beside you on the couch. You might live vicariously, for 90 years, through anyone and everyone that society tells you to, while leaving behind a third-world fucking dump for your posterity. You might do that also. 

Or you might wake up tomorrow and realize that you are an animal. Albeit a smart animal. A civilized animal. Still an animal. Your soul craves excitement, dominance, contest, love, lust, hate and the assurance of the survival of your bloodline. All things that you believe are reserved for others. Things you have been told are primitive and hateful. They are not. They are the only reason you are here. Deny them and you will stay miserable. You will look up to people that don't exist. You will live long, die empty, and regret it all from whatever afterlife may exist. 

Be a man.

Brien James