KEN’S CORNER: For the Loving Heart of Men…
Commentary by TLB Contributing Writer: Ken LaRive
Some men have a hard time expressing love in a way that may seem evident, at least at first glance. The dynamics of what makes a man tick is just as complicated as a woman’s, …it’s just different. Comparison of the sexes is impossible because we are talking about two pieces of the same puzzle, and as no two persons are exactly alike, there are fundamental elements that are found in everyone. I will generalize that one element we all have in common is the capacity for love, simply because I can’t conceive of a life without it.
Past the hard shell finish, (the facade that men erect to hide their life’s pain and disappointment), there exists in most men, a gentile loving spirit. It stays well hidden, because most men think that a display of softness shows weakness, especially among other men. Judge this if you must, but for some reason it is the way men have developed. An understanding of this one concept will help to see beyond that tough exterior. Just as I try and understand a man by his deeds, I would hope that most men would try to walk his talk. Even so, sometimes we might have to pay close attention in order to see their work. For instance…
I have several neighbors who drive old pickup trucks and cars, yet their wives all drive new ones. I wonder why?
I remember that tired roughneck leaning against the boot-rack. He was finished his twelve-hour tour hitch and is oily-grime and sweat from head to foot. Before he takes off his boots he slowly and deliberately re-duck tapes the leaking cracks. He wants them to last just one more day. Why?
I’ve seen dog-tired Mexican men, in the heat of high noon, singing in loud passion! With a genuine smile they told me that it is a love song. “Amour!” Love is their reason for being, and they are thankful for their work, and revel in the gift of life. Before supper they will pause in the galley by the Madonna and Child statue to pray and give thanks.
On our rig island, great hulking men will sit on plastic trash bags while having lunch, (so as not to dirty the chair with their work clothes), and will pause for a silent prayer before eating. They close their eyes and bow their heads, and it brings a hush over those who don’t. It’s a powerful moment.
There are men who can stand straight and tall while being judged or ridiculed for an opinion or a stand they take. They take the condescension or reprimand by the strength of their responsibilities. I’ve seen open smiles through pain, and men who have made the conscious choice to forgiven their enemies, for the sake of those they love.
Men’s eyes will light up in the quiet times, as they show you worn and faded pictures of children and grandchildren from their wallet. They will point to each in turn, beaming as he tells you how quickly they are growing.
Some see the tender spirit of the “Watchtower Lady” and will buy every one of her pamphlets. Though they never read them, they can never throw them away.
When the chips are down, men will willingly risk everything, even their own life for an idea, like freedom and justice. Countless men have made this sacrifice, so their children could know these things. There are survivors of there war horrors, and the memories are kept locked inside.
Some men put their trust in God, and His strength flows in their arms, and some that choose not to. And yet these men will all bend to the touch of a soft grandchild’s hand. They will give their love unselfishly, with conviction, and trust.
I have known men who maintain that love is the greatest of God’s gifts, and the strongest force found on earth. Men will climb mountains because of it, touched by the spirit in their hearts, and in its warm embrace, they breathe the cool freshness of love’s wonder in every sunrise. Willing, men will sacrifice security, their health, even go to certain death for the righteousness found in their hearts, with love is their guiding force. And then, while kneeling in the dust of life’s loss and destruction, a man will pick up his worn out tools and start again. Through his tears he sees the pain and loss, but also clings to the hope that love gives…
“We knew by the tears he cried that there was hope…” – KL 1973
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From the Author, Ken La Rive – We in the Liberty movement have been fighting to take back this country for less than a decade, peacefully and with the love of God and country in our hearts. Our banner has been trampled on and displaced by a multitude of distractions, further eroding our nation and the cause for Liberty. And so, as we are pulled by forces we cannot fathom, powerful entities with unlimited resources stolen from our future, unaccountable trillions printed out of thin air and put on our backs as debt, we must formulate the most pitiful of all questions any patriot might ask in the final hour: Are we going to fight for our master’s tyranny, or are we going to demand the return of our civil liberties and Constitution? Are we going to choose The Banner of Liberty, or the shackles of voluntary servitude? Will it be a war for corporate profit, or a war to regain our ability to self govern, as the blood and toil of our forefathers presented to us, their children, as a gift? I fear that decision is emanate. I fear that any decision will be a hard one, but my greatest fear of all is that the decision has already been made for us.
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