Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Follow-up on the State of Men in America
In one of my local papers, a gentlemen wrote a letter of thanks to two young women. The author had been hiking in some nearby woods and noted the two youths carrying out bags of trash that they had collected. He thought at first that they were part of some "community effort" or other volunteer or work crew
he refrained from asking their names, nay, from speaking to them at all; why?
Out of fear.
Fear that "such a question might be inappropriate."
So instead, he wrote a letter to the paper, praising these young people in a way that might never reach them. He went on to praise them for enhancing his day, for exemplifying values eschewed by many young folks, and for being good leaders. His noted fear was mentioned, most sadly, only in passing.
This is where we stand in America: that a man fears unnamed retribution for praise or a compliment (or simply for speaking) is not even worth reflection or deliberation is a sad, sad state (or State, as it were) . Thanks, Brownshirts; great job!