When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me. – I Corinthians 13:11
In my life, I was loathed to quote most religious texts. I felt like it was an intellectual crutch at times for some people I knew. These people use them as a hammer or a virtue signal of sorts. I had to slip away from my repulsion when I saw the verse that I included above.
(Special thanks to Seeking Devine Perspective for the quote)
I have seen a few decades slip past me. I had spent at least two wasting a decent amount of time. But I regret losing the last one to ignorance. I had decided to stay clean, not beat my body in unconstructive ways, and not be given in to pointless diversions.
This is where the ugly vision hit me. As I have mentioned it before, I think a large amount of “entertainment” directed at men my age is designed to keep us in a stage of “arrested development” and it is ideal for teens. It often lacks real writing and effort. It is churned out by lifeless and soulless creatures.
I have seen men I knew sit and mindlessly consume this stuff, adopting it as an identity instead of build their own identity. There was a time that men, even men without a birthright or having their father’s name, would adopt an identity based on work and community. Or even actual studies.
I started to distance myself from much of these “ether like” distractions. I have also become vocal in my loathing of it. It might hurt me because it isn’t a popular idea.
(Instead of hating the times that we live in, I love being alive. I don’t live for nostalgia. When this entertainment originally came out, It wasn’t the greatest time in our lives. It was enjoyable but it didn’t create the high water mark. I was able to grow up and I don’t cry for nostalgia.)
I press to have better times now and to improve our lives. I don’t want to escape and just get by. To escape is to be an adolescent. I am a grown ass man.
We are supposed to be making milestones and to look back is folly. The man in the mirror is no longer a child. He is a man with capabilities and honor. He is a man in his community. He enjoys simple esthetics and pleasures. He loves women and the sexual arts. I never truly loved women until I became a man. This man gave up his childish influence and he is thankful to be in the future.
I hope to see you there, too.