Friday, January 11, 2019


Hide It in Darkness

Owen Daugherty, "'Traditional masculinity' deemed 'harmful' by American Psychological Association," The Hill (January 10, 2019; emphasis added):
The report claims that adhering to the practice of "masculinity ideology” can hinder the development of adolescent boys by "suppressing emotions and masking distress."

The APA notes a bevy of statistics to emphasize that "traditional masculinity — marked by stoicism, competitiveness, dominance and aggression — is, on the whole, harmful."
I prefer Pindar, fragment 42 (tr. William H. Race):
... do not display to strangers what toil
we are bearing; this at least I shall tell you:
one must show one's portion
of noble and pleasant things openly
to all the people; but if any heaven-sent,        5
unbearable trouble befalls men,
it is fitting to hide it in darkness.

... ἀλλοτρίοισιν μὴ προφαίνειν, τίς φέρεται
μόχθος ἄμμιν· τοῦτό γέ τοι ἐρέω·
καλῶν μὲν ὦν μοῖράν τε τερπνῶν
ἐς μέσον χρὴ παντὶ λαῷ
δεικνύναι· εἰ δέ τις ἀνθρώ-        5
ποισι θεόσδοτος ἀτλάτα κακότας
προστύχῃ, ταύταν σκότει κρύπτειν ἔοικεν.
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