Will Smith slapped Chris Rock live on TV and it’s news. How far have we come from perspective and reality when a slap is anything but proof of the effeminacy of “men” in entertainment? Granted they “play” tough guys in movies and they’re entertaining, even likable. But by and large, the actors of today are as far from reality as one can get and still function.
In contrast, I remember growing up is rural North Dakota (and that is doubly rural) in the 1950s. My father and his friends had returned from fighting in World War II. They knew what it was like to kill or be killed, to win or to be conquered. They sure didn’t slap some guy that offended them. Right or wrong, it was a bit more violent – and the insult stopped. For the most part, everyone lived with respect for everyone else. If this is toxic masculinity, then bring it on. Pray we have these toxic males next time someone comes to conquer us.
Conversely, nobody used gratuitous insults to evoke a laugh. And men didn’t slap other men. Chris Rock, Will Smith, the entire Academy, and everyone who watched, missed the point. This is pure fantasyland. Their actions, their words, and their entire lives are irrelevant.
We don’t need to obsess on the ridiculousness of an effeminate slap. Or the vast distance the nation has come from reality. Let’s remember that the DNA that overcame the most powerful armies in the world, since our founding, is still with us. Let’s bring more balance into the equation. Let individuals make their own choices. This requires mutual respect, especially for those different from you. The self-disciplined person is respected.
If we continue down this fractured course we will lose our United States. A nation divided is easily conquered. Rather than fear the aggressors in other nations, we should focus on bringing balance and tolerance into our own lives and thereby heal the chasm between us. There are those with whom we can never reconcile, like the toxic Left and those determined to kill us. But the rest of us share a love of our land. We unite in a common cause to protect our children’s future.
It is said that a man is wise who plants seed for a tree, knowing he will never see it in full bloom. For he knows that what he does here and now will help future generations.