I have been hearing a lot about alpha males this weekend and I am confused. I need help from Revoistas. Let me give a hypothetical…
Man #1: Born poor raised in a small town. Worked hard and graduated high school with good grades. He volunteered for the Marines during Vietnam and served in combat. He volunteered for Force Recon and became a squad leader.
He came home, took a bank loan and purchased an excavator. He built up a small excavation business that employs about a dozen. He is actually a father figure for his staff. His company does good work and always pays what it owes.
He married a hometown girl and had three children, all girls. He always made sure they had what they needed even though they were never wealthy. He always loved their mother and was always respectful her. He never strayed. When his daughters began dating he always met the boys and had strong but respectful words for them describing their expected behavior.
He has often volunteered in his community, bowed his head to Jesus and was always proud of who he was and what he had.
Man #2: Born rich and never experienced any kind of financial concern in his life. He dodged the draft during Vietnam with a fake medical condition. He inherited millions. He married three times divorcing the first two wives when they started to show their age. He cheated on each of his wives and boasts about his adultery. He has children by each of his wives and talks an lot about how sexual desirable his daughter is. He talks about sexual conquest constantly and defines his manliness by his success in bedding women.
He has a reputation for lying and not paying those with whom he contracts labor. He has presided over at least four bankrupcies and proudly uses lawfare to crush business opponents.
He is on the record talking about how his celebrity status allows him to get away with what is objectively sexual assault. He is loud, bombastic and will attack anyone who crosses him no matter how slight the insult. He has never shown any real interest in faith or community service. His biggest investments have been casino’s with strip joints and he is most famous as a television game show host.
See? I have searched all of Western Literature including scripture, epic poems, operas, novels, stage plays and movies and in virtually every case, Man #1 is the hero and Man #2 is the villain. In the literature, Man #1 always ends up dominating Man #2 who is universally seen as a poltroon with nothing but his daddy’s wealth as a source of power. Man #1 always draws wealth from a much deeper source. This is universal.
Suddenly, however, there seems to be a cultural shift. Suddenly a certain segment of the population is enamored with Man #2. They suddenly admire the rich guy who inherited his money and brags about abusing women, crushing the little guy and running over people with his wealth.
What’s up with this shift from a theme that has been the foundation to the Western ethos and literary themes for centuries? I seriously don’t get it.