Mr. Rogers doesn’t get out of this one unscathed, either.
His ‘the future is male’ point will be enough to send feminists into a fury, but — unlike most leftists — he backs up his points by explaining why he argues that to be true.
And it makes some logical sense.
If we train a culture of young men to grow up into violent tyrants, our future generations will suffer under the rule of violent tyrants… creating a nation of tyrants and slaves.
If we teach our boys to be soft supplicants to the powerful… some other powerful group of tyrants will gladly step into that power vacuum… creating a nation of slaves and tyrants.
If, on the other hand, we teach young men to grow in principled virility, they will be strong, and serve as a wall of defense for others who are less so against this same sorts of tyrants.
(This segment begins around the 2:15 time stamp.)
This ongoing diminishment of our culture’s traditional masculinity, he explains, is a big part of why he’s not especially excited about the new Mr. Rogers’ flick.
Mr. Rogers modeled decency and Christian values, which is great, but he also modeled a misguided form of Christian manhood that looks so much like metrosexual wimpyness it’s really difficult to tell the difference.
The Christ who cleansed the Jerusalem Temple and faced the full power of Church and State with an unmoveable commitment to the truth was never that man. He was instead, a steely man of integrity, who was willing to sacrifice everything to say what needed to be said and to do what needed to be done.
Are we teaching that sort of boldness to young men? Or are we teaching them that if they speak the truth they will be marked down by their professors if they are not crushed by an angry mob created and controlled by power-hungry authorities? The answer to that question is obvious.
Men — real men — are tough. Because life is dangerous. Men cultivate strength and use that strength for good because some men will use it for evil. Men speak plainly because the truth is the one and only thing that will set you free and keep you free.
A nation full of loveable Mr. Rogers is a nation suitable for four-year-olds and three-year-olds who are controlled by soft-spoken, sweet-talking, all-powerful government authorities.
If you really want to have a beautiful day in the neighborhood, call John Wayne… and tell him to bring his guns.
Well said, Klavan.
There’s more like it if you keep watching. But that’s the part we wanted to highlight.
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