I’ve written before about the weakness people tend to associate with others, especially men, who do not or cannot control certain emotions. Here, I’m talking about men who tear up, cry, or otherwise react in an “effeminate” manner in circumstances in which “real men” remain stoic.
I’ve decided, after much consideration, that men who are able to allow themselves to be affected by events or ideas to the point of expressing emotion through tears are stronger than men who react like rocks. Emotions offer evidence of one’s humanity; they are not to be derided. They should be celebrated. The ability to remain dry-eyed and unmoved by circumstances that move women and “weak” men is not a strength; it is a weakness. It is evidence that the person either has been socialized into false bravado or has lost the ability to demonstrate empathy. In either case, that person is weaker than the person who can freely display compassion and empathy.
That’s what I’m thinking at this hour. You?