Power, manliness and “Master and Commander”

Most men nowadays are in a rush. They are in a rush to give away their power, their birthright. As a matter of fact, if you are not into giving away your power then something has got to be wrong with you psychologically, you have some sort of male ego psychosis. This could not be further from the truth. As a matter of fact, it is a ruse to take power away from where it should be, in the hands of men.

Monarchy is the only true masculine form of government known to man. As a matter of fact, it is divinely inspired, but that is a topic for another day. Look a little into the structure of Western monarchical societies. What you will see is masculinity from the top down. It all starts with a King, down to princes, dukes, barons, knights, lords…etc.. Though some Kings tried and succeeded in centralizing their power, monarchy works best when it is more decentralized. In light of recent discussions in the “blogosphere” regarding the “Alpha male”, this system allows men to from the top down to be the lords of their own realms. Moreover, men were groomed to rule, the role of the aristocracy was to rule. Young men were educated from their very early years in the arts, letters and administration of their domain, whether it was a manor or a kingdom.

One of the best examples of this comes in the form of the book and movie, “Master and Commander”. I highly recommend both for further education in masculinity. While the movie is really well done, as always, the book is much deeper. The story chronicles the journeys of Capt. Aubrey, RN. In the book he is described as a Tory, and later remarks how he does not care for the idea of the “popular captain.” He holds the power as Captain of the ship, he is the “Master and Commander”, not “Friend of all and warm fuzzy guy who seeks others approval of his leadership.” No, quite the contrary, he owns his ship. Of course, in our modern sensibilities he will be labeled as a “tyrant”. Yet further investigation will show that this couldn’t be further from the truth. He cares about his men, in a manly way. This means that he must also be the disciplinarian, and he does not hesitate to do so, because it saves lives. Life in the Royal Navy at this time was hard and unforgiving, and anyone who did their service in the RN had a serious pair of stones.

Do yourself a favour and buy the movie, and read the book. In our times, when real men are becoming rarer and rarer, books and movies like this may be for some the only way to see true, traditional masculine role models.

For further reading also check out material on Lord Nelson.

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