What a man does.
In the last post I talked about Bono being a good husband to his wife.
In that post, I talked about the matter mostly from the perspective of what it says about femininity: That femininity is an expression of beauty and mystery, and that a woman, ideally, will let those qualities shine unashamedly.
But I want to add that part of the reason I’m passionate about this is because it speaks to my role as a man: The way a man engages with femininity in this world can either stifle that beauty, or call it out.
Men tend to be physically
stronger than women, and one might argue, more shaped to lead and influence in this world. But I also suspect that the power of femininity is deeper and, in some sense, stronger. I find it telling that in Greek mythology, the muses were female
. The power of inspiration and poetry and beauty in this world is, I think, feminine
So a man finds himself in a surprising spot: In a role of leadership and influence with regard to a power that dwarfs and humbles him. I think this is a beautiful turnabout by God. Adam was made first, but it wasn’t until Eve was made that Adam spoke in poetry
People are often offended by the idea of gender roles, but history clearly attests to at least some of what I’m saying here: Clearly, men have had the ability in societies to decide if women will be free and respected, or downtrodden and minimized. I love that part of my role in this world is to bless, respect and honor what a woman brings to life that I never could.