Many books fill my shelves and if I can't find what I'm looking for, I know where to find more books. Entire rooms and buildings full of individuals speaking their mind on pages. A silent crowd all speaking at once on their subjects.
No matter where I look, I am unable to find a book or passage that adequately says "this is a man." Is the man a kind of warlord and conqueror? A wild man? Does he suddenly appear on the scene or does he arrive subtly? Does he "bang on his shield," declaring his existence and receive his entitlement or does he quietly and unassumingly work for all he wants or needs? Benjamin Franklin's quest led him to find virtue by imitating Socrates and Jesus--is a man's life defined by what he dies for? It's an age-old question that even Tom Scholz of one of my favorite bands, "Boston" sought to find out (lyrics here):
- A man must have heart and soul, strength and gentleness, the ability to look ahead and outside himself.
- A man must be willing to give and even if there's nothing to receive.
- A man knows what he believes, knows why he believes it and speaks with conviction with what he knows.
- A man is aware of what he feels as well as what others feel. He empathizes and sympathizes.
- A man is more than a biological construct. He is a thinking, feeling soul.