When I talk about an “army of men” it sounds like a group that seeks to forward a patriarchal agenda through violence, but we already have a group like that, they’re called ISIS. When it comes down to it an army is about community and service. They’re fraternities that step up for the good of their countries. That’s what I mean by an army of men. We need more men like that, men that value the good of their communities and seek to serve.
The Modern Lack of Service
Some people may take exception to the suggestion that service has disappeared from our world, but that’s not quite what I mean. I mean genuine service has become quite rare. Most “service” these days can be grouped into three categories;
Most employment is some form of exploitation. We serve the rich and they give us disproportionately little compensation. We make huge sacrifices for their benefit but they almost never show their gratitude. They just cast us aside when we’re no longer of use to them. That’s not service, it’s slavery.
You see it all the time that companies use charitable contributions as a form of marketing. They make donations to get there names on stadiums and performing arts festivals but when you look behind the curtains they’re guilty of some heinous atrocities. Service is selfless. How can it be selfless if they insist on attaching their name to the benefactor?
It seems people often do some sort of service just because it makes them feel good. A lot of this kind of service is only helpful in the short term, even when we could resolve the issue permanently. In some cases, the “service” is a problem itself, like how we deal with poverty. We may feed the poor, but to a very low standard, we may house the homeless, but temporarily and in conditions we’d barely subject animals to, we make poverty unbearable by refusing to provide adequate help.
Dig a “Back Channel” of Service
The only acceptable reason for service to be a “one way street” is if one side lacks the means to serve. If a port only had channels leading away from the docks but not toward them, it would be useless. It would drain the community of all its resources so it can’t even support itself. So why don’t we apply the same logic to service. If you’re going to expect someone to serve you, then you need to be willing to serve others. What you need to remember, paying someone doesn’t satisfy any obligation to serve them. As soon as negotiation and market forces enter the equation, the result can’t be considered service. Only payment above and beyond a fair reward can be considered service, payment below that point is exploitation.
That said, that “back channel” doesn’t need to always lead directly to those who serve you. The more you take from the community, the more you should give back. If you’re living a life of excess in a city with poverty, then the poverty is your fault. If there’s illiteracy, you need to help the schools. Conservatives often object to big government and many of their social programs, but they’re only necessary because so many refuse to do their part.
Build Your Community
Unfortunately, most of us are forced into isolation by the anti-community society we now live in. So few of us live in places with parks that moms and kids frequent or pubs where the men get together to commiserate about the work day. Church attendance isn’t even something we can assume anymore. All that means we don’t naturally develop strong communities. We have to seek it out intentionally. Finding likeminded people can be quite difficult and they may be spread out all over the area, which will make it harder to build and maintain the relationships that lie at the core of the community.
Community has a lot of benefits. To start with, it allows you to form or join an honour group, to give you a stronger motivation to be a good man. It also gives you a support system you can call on when you need it. Most obviously, it gives you the social life that we crave as humans.
The Recruiting Pitch
How could I use a picture of Uncle Sam and not have a recruiting pitch? We need all the men we can get but we can’t conscript anymore, too many people are against having men be the soldiers of righteousness. That is, after all, what joining the army of men is, becoming a soldier of righteousness. I’m asking you to stand up for what’s right, by whatever means you can.
How can you join? We don’t have recruiting offices but you can join by simply deciding to. Start building your community. You can be one of the first to join my charity and honour society, or find another group of honourable men and ladies to join, and build your community off of that.
I’d also advise that you join a medium size church. If a church is too large it tends to lack community, and if it’s too small it’ll lack the resources for effective services, and likely feel closed. If church isn’t the place for you at this point in your life, find another service organization, like your local Rotary Club or Freemason Lodge.
Do some soul searching. Reflect on this. Pray on it. Do whatever you do to consider your decisions. When you’re ready, join the Army of Men and make it a part of who you are. Work to improve yourself and your community. Share this call to service and community, and maybe leave a comment to show solidarity with your new “brothers in arms” and your support for the prospective recruits.