Aug 29, 2017


In 1849 at age 46, Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote about what it means to be a man. I offer it here today as a statement of the evolved masculine, which is so desperately missing in our world leaders.

  • It is a vulgar error to suppose that a gentleman must be ready to fight.
  • The utmost that can be demanded of the gentleman is that he be incapable of a lie.
  • There is a man who has good sense, is well informed, well read, obliging, cultivated, capable, and has an absolute devotion to truth.
  • He always means what he says and says what he means, however courteously.
  • You may spit upon him. Nothing could induce him to spit upon you, no praises and no possessions, no compulsion of public opinion.
  • You may kick him----he will think it the kick of a brute, but he is not a brute and will not kick you in return.
  • But neither your knife and pistol, nor your gifts and courting will ever make the smallest impression on his vote or his word, for he is the truth’s man, and will speak and act the truth until he dies.

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