A man does not become a man on his statutory birthday. But that is pretty much all we can muster for boys today—some date on a wall calendar. Why so thin and superficial, so uninspired and desultory? Mainly, our connection to initiatory cultures is utterly broken. We don’t know why why it would be important to introduce boys on the cusp to the other world, to the dimension of being. We think cake and candles is roughly good enough. The thing is, young men need to be initiated. That’s why so many of them die at frat parties.
Do not raise your sons to be your sons. They’re vaster than that.
A man awakens for the most prosaic of reasons—he’s tired of sleeping.
Life has been purposefully designed to confound our assumptions and contradict our expectations.
The sudden awakening of Marlon James took him out of his culture and into himself. “When it comes to being who I am, I don’t have an allegiance or a duty to anybody.”