So you want your boy to become a man, who do you call? Justin Bieber? No, you call Theodore F**king Roosevelt, that’s who. He’ll teach your boy not to bully, but to instead beat up bullies.
The boy can best become a good man by being a good boy—not a goody-goody boy, but just a plain good boy. I do not mean that he must love only the negative virtues; I mean he must love the positive virtues also. “Good,” in the largest sense, should include whatever is fine, straightforward, clean, brave, and manly. The best boys I know—the best men I know—are good at their studies or their business, fearless and stalwart, hated and feared by all that is wicked and depraved, incapable of submitting to wrongdoing, and equally incapable of being aught but tender to the weak and helpless. A healthy-minded boy should feel hearty contempt for the coward and even more hearty indignation for the boy who bullies girls or small boys, or tortures animals. One prime reason for abhorring cowards is because every good boy should have it in him to thrash the objectionable boy as the need arises.
From “The American Boy,” part of our Ways of Learning issue
I wonder how Cristin feels about this, seeing as how she hates Teddy Roosevelt. Interesting values, I just don’t agree that anyone needs beating up. Perhaps the need is to just stand up to people who are wrong.