Response to Odin2005 (Original post)
Thu Aug 9, 2012, 11:11 PM
radicalliberal (629 posts)
17. For all practical purposes, I'm still a newbie here at DU; and since I'm apolitical, ...
... I guess I should also be considered an outsider (with all the attendant suspicions).
Take a look at this photo ...
It was taken sometime during the first half of the last century. The 100th anniversary of his birth occurred just last month. Surely, he must have passed away by now. There is controversy over the time when he likely died.
Look at this man. What is your initial impression of him? He looks like he probably was a sensitive guy, I guess (if it could be said that sensitive guys can be recognized by their physical appearance). Well, he wasn't all that good-looking. Kind of drab in appearance. (Probably didn't score with the ladies.) He also looks rather scrawny. See how the sleeve of his jacket sags. In fact, his half-sister once said he "detested competitive team sports." Something must be wrong with guys who aren't interested in sports. Just a sissy, a wimp. So, he wasn't a real man. Probably just worked as a bank teller somewhere.
But wait, there's more ... It turns out that he was one of the greatest heroes of World War II -- even though, as a citizen of a neutral country, he wasn't a soldier. This scrawny Swede was Raoul Wallenberg, businessman turned civilian diplomat who saved the lives of tens of thousands of Hungarian Jews from the Nazi SS and the Hungarian Arrow Cross fascists. He definitely was a sensitive man. He also had great courage, as his compassion drove him to repeatedly risk his life to save others who had had no hope.
Regarding sensitive men whom I know personally, a close friend of mine played football in high school and still looks like a "jock." Great build. But he is a tender-hearted, empathetic guy who is easily moved to tears by the sufferings of others.
I'm amazed by what we men do to each other -- subjecting guys to one negative stereotype or another, putting other guys into confining boxes and whatnot ...
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