Talk to a Boomer about how it was like going to bars back in their day. Ask them about their experiences; it's quite educational. Likely what they'll describe to you will sound to Millennial ears like a cross between the movie Roadhouse and the Vietnam War. Going out to the bar back in those days was downright dangerous, a place where you had to keep your friends close and your wits closer.
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Now think of your experiences going out to the bars now. Yes, its still sweaty, and the people are still drunk, but where's the danger, where's the excitement? A few people are drunk enough to dance, but most just stand around in circles that are only punctuated by the occasional PUA making his move.
Wait - what's that? You see guys backing up nervously, the glimmering lights now scintillating in a splash of shaken drinks. The women are making their way out, mascara smudged, tears running, and their bar dress ruined in the commotion.
This is it! You push your way through the crowd, wanting to see the burning virility of the American man on full display. You are excited, yet terrified as you approach what surely must be a scene of unparalleled carnage: these are the grandsons of the men who stormed Normandy, the great-grandsons of the men who put the Kaiser on a roll, the great-great grandsons of the men who conquered the West!
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In my (admittedly shorter than most) time of going out to bars in modern America, I've only seen a bar fight involve real danger once. That was only because the traditional shoving match was taking place at a rooftop bar, close to the edge. While I'm not saying that having a strong chance of picking up a life-altering injury with your weekly dose of lukewarm piss-water is a good thing, the subsidence of masculinity that this presages is having strong negative effects elsewhere.
Return of Kings' ak86 recently shared the story of how his school's competitive baseball showcase was mutilated beyond recognition by the self-esteem movement. What was once a showcase of the best that his community had to offer was degraded into a mere play date. The competitive, manly fire was excised, and with it, any motivation for the children and their community to care. By becoming more inclusive, the event lost its meaning.
School bake sales have been neutered into irrelevancy by new Federal guidelines. You can still have them, just without any of the foods that anyone would actually like to buy. I'm sure that sales of fruit cups and veggies will bring in the money for the baseball trip... across the street.
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