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“They showed their true character.”

Lots of discussion on the Richard Sherman rant at the end of the NFC Championship Game last Sunday which you can see here.

For some history, there is the Skip Bayless confrontation last March here

Here is this week’s ESPN First Take response to this weekend’s rant here.

In addition, there is commentary at Forbe’s here, and over at Mockingbird here.

And in case you think you know Richard Sherman, here’s another take from NFL Films here where he shares what kind of work got him where he is now…and he’s not merely talking about his own.

I find all this bizarre, fascinating, troubling, and cautionary. Richard Sherman becomes a very public example of the complexity of our human condition. I think what has to be acknowledged is that whether you find yourselves within “the lines of the game” or engaging in a “rage tweet” –it is precisely those moments of unfiltered and impulsive opportunity which do show our “true character”. And if we are at all honest, the problem of character is not the other’s but our own. In those moments of exposure, we hear the prophet Nathan’s words in 2Samuel 12, “You are the man!” Our problem is our self-justifying demand to be right, understood, excused, acknowledged, appreciated, successful, and respected. Our problem is that we believe: “You can be who you really want to be.”

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Thereupon rushed into his heart the joy of giving up, of deliverance from self; and pity, to leaven his contempt, awoke for Sercombe. No sooner had he yielded his pride, than he felt it possible to love the man—not for anything he was, but for what he might and must be.
“God let the man kill the stag,” he said; “I will let him have the head.”

George MacDonald, What’s Mine’s Mine
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He knew nothing of the first business of life—self-restraint, had never denied himself anything, and but for social influences would, in manhood as infancy, have obeyed every impulse. He was one of the merest slaves in the universe, a slave in his very essence, for he counted wrong to others freedom for himself, and the rejection of the laws of his own being, liberty. The most righteous interference was insolence; his likings were his rights, and any devil that could whisper him a desire, might do with him as he pleased.

George MacDonald, What’s Mine’s Mine
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“This PC gender politics thing—the way gender is being taught in the universities—in a very anti-male way, it’s all about neutralization of maleness.” The result: Upper-middle-class men who are “intimidated” and “can’t say anything… . They understand the agenda.” In other words: They avoid goring certain sacred cows by “never telling the truth to women” about sex, and by keeping “raunchy” thoughts and sexual fantasies to themselves and their laptops.

Politically correct, inadequate education, along with the decline of America’s brawny industrial base, leaves many men with “no models of manhood,” she says. “Masculinity is just becoming something that is imitated from the movies. There’s nothing left. There’s no room for anything manly right now.” The only place you can hear what men really feel these days, she claims, is on sports radio. No surprise, she is an avid listener. The energy and enthusiasm “inspires me as a writer,” she says, adding: “If we had to go to war,” the callers “are the men that would save the nation.”

Camille Paglia here.
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“how much emotion is invested in symbols…”

“I was stunned by the level of hate and anger that surrounded that particular issue. And it was so interesting as I looked back. It wasn’t interesting at the time. It became interesting afterwards, and I looked back, and I thought about how much – how much emotion is invested in symbols, as opposed to substance.”

Robert Khayat, former Chancellor at University of Mississippi (1995-2009).

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/education/july-dec13/olemiss_12-31.html