One of the things I have marveled at of late, when walking through my neighborhood, are the young shady-looking men slouching around, with hoodies, and gangster pants that reveal various brands of underwear. I live in a normal suburb, with nice houses and people who put up their Christmas lights each year, and offer Halloween candy to youngsters. So I am often perplexed to see these characters slinking around and going to and from these quaint, and fairly expensive homes.
What has happened to our young men? This article tries to address the issue of true male comradery and it’s absence in our culture. The video depicts friendship between men that is reminiscent of days gone by.
And most men desire this friendship—this tender, warm, (dare we say it?) loving friendship—but that desire receives no affirmation in our culture. Men’s desires are circumscribed within a perverse Venn diagram, with one circle labeled “sex,” the other “mammon.” Such friendship seems as foreign as the virgin Irish countryside, unattainable in the normal course of life in the 21st century.
The video is a bit overly nostalgic, but it has a nice twist at the end, and is excellent advertising for Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey. And the Parting Glass is one of my favorites. In fact, I used to sing it with some of my brother’s school mates, who had the good fortune to experience this comradery.by