I was reading the Sunday edition of the Louisville Courier-Journal when I came across this news nugget in the sports pages (I googled it to find out more). Apparently, some guy in Baltimore (he doesn’t deserve to be named here) camped out on the roof of a Baltimore bar as a publicity stunt until the Ravens, the city’s football team, either broke their nine-game losing streak or fired their head coach. The stunt crashed when the ex-wife of the man called the police due to the man’s failure to pay multiple years of child support.
So let’s get this straight. This guy cares so much about the Ravens that he will sleep on the roof of a bar for weeks–in the bitter Baltimore winter–but he can’t rouse himself over a multiple-year period to pay his child support? This is a situation for which no comment is worthy.
However, this is a blog, and I want to write, and you expect me to do so, and so I will. This little episode, I think, shows a great deal about the state of manhood in the current day. We have here a man so devoted to his sports team–his hobby–that he does not even support his child. This is an extreme situation, but does it not tell us something about men in the current day? We are so interested in games–the fixation of boys–that we neglect the things of men. This man is a particularly depressing spectacle, but he is one of many men in the current day who idolize games and pastimes and who neglect the basic duties of manhood, the responsibilities upon which love is held constant, children are cared for, and societies are built upon.