In the last few weeks I’ve taken a break from updating the guide and I’m reading poems and books on men of the past, mainly to examine masculinity before the feminist ideological lies poisoned our culture and view on men and women (similarly to the work by free northerner). Currently, I’m reading the book ‘Lion in the White House’ on Theodore Roosevelt.
While Theodore Roosevelt is an amazing man (and he will be discussed later on) I want to make a comment on his father, Theodore Roosevelt Sr. From a manosphere perspective Theodore Roosevelt Sr. is a very interesting figure. He was both an absolute alpha man and a completely devoted father and husband, and he is in many cases the primary parent to his children. Today alpha male and a devoted father and husband sounds like contradictions. Reading about the loving family and strong dominant father figure Theodore Roosevelt had as a child, it is not surprising that Theodore Roosevelt grew into a lion.
BTW1. Theodore Roosevelt came from a long line of alpha patriarchs with multitude of virtues. The current president grew up without a father.
BTW2 .The feminist claim that feminism “improved” and enable better fatherhood is a huge lie. Feminism made the west into a fatherless society. The past wasn’t perfect, but is was still better than the present.
“It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.”
— Theodore Roosevelt
Theodore Roosevelt at Harvard where he participated in boxing matches… I wonder what Heartiste would analyze his body language.
(For the new reader, here is a link to the latest draft (pdf, 14/Jun/2012) of the Guide for a Young Patriarch which is based on the posts made in this blog and attempts to organize them into a consistent message.)