“The more you use the reins, the less they use their brains.” ~Pat Parelli
Back in the bronco-bucking days of yesteryear, the process of taming and training wild mustangs came to be known as breaking, as in breaking a horse’s spirit. Due to the need for a quickly useable mount, Rough Riders would climb aboard a “green” mustang and endure the fight until the horse had been “bucked out.” It was a battle of endurance, a battle of wills, culminating in the mustang’s submission. As life and society changed, eliminating the necessity for quickly broken horses, the training process ofbucking out dwindled away. Today, however, we still refer to a horse that can be ridden as being broke and the training process as breaking.
American society has changed a great deal since the time of the bronco-bucking rough riders; sometimes for the better, sometimes for the worse. It is the worse which concerns me now. Instead of breaking horses, we break the spirits of our boys, our children. The rough-riding cowboys of years gone by have been replaced by educators, the coral replaced by the classroom. The goal, however, has remained the same: submission, subordination, obedience. The breaking of spirits continues… young boys being the primary targets.
While society passively watched, we offered up our children for sacrifice.
First, we stopped allowing young boys to “duke it out” in the dirt, over minor disagreements, a process that typically lead to a more respectful friendship and to a higher degree of non-violent, conflict resolution in the future. After all, once you’ve been socked in the mouth by a friend, an incredibly unpleasant experience, your self-awareness grows. This leads to the exercise of self-restraint, as you naturally become less likely to choose violent confrontation in the future. Additionally, the experience of having felt the pain inflicted upon you by another person also directly aids in the development of empathy, an extremely important character trait. Yet, unalarmed or simply asleep, society watched as the natural forms of male conflict resolution were stifled to greater and greater degrees, which – uncoincidentally – coincided with an increase in bullying.
As empathy levels dropped, physical conflicts became more violent (and cowardly) in form. While society passively watched on, “fair fights” disappeared. In place of the fair fight unequal matches surged: knives and guns and cowardly attacks from afar became the new norm. Altercations of this kind have never lead to mutual understanding, nor to respect, nor to reconciliation. Instead these occurrences only usher in heightened hostilities or, worse, the death of one or more parties involved. The violence then spilled into the streets of America’s neighborhoods, turning them into battle zones. This brought about an increase, twisted and vile, in the necessity to form groups, nefarious ones at that, based on the instinct to survive. We call these groups gangs. Is it any wonder we have so many young men occupying our prisons?
The reins tightened and “progress” marched onward…
The next casualty was the ability for young people to defend themselves against the attacks of bullies in school. A student defending himself against the physical assaults of a bully, or bullies, on school grounds is also punished. Subjects of a bully’s wrath are first victimized by the bully himself, only to be victimized a second time by the school system. Young males aren’t the only victims of this unnatural breaking of the spirit. Girls too, even little girls, are suspended should they physically defend themselves, even from physical attacks by larger, male bullies. Is it any wonder we have so many angry young people?
The systematic subordination, psychologically and physically, then entered a dark stage of progressively worsening ideological assault upon the male sex and his manhood with the introduction of an acidic, domineering, pathological feminist orthodoxy into school curriculum. The breaking of the male spirit had intensified in grotesque proportion. Shame and guilt became routine, the initial goal being the silent complicity of the male population. The final goal being the female control over and enslavement of men in greater society.
The reins tightened and “progress” marched onward…
Finally, the bronco-bucking, rough riders of our educational system commenced a coordinated attack on free will and free thought, an all-encompassing indoctrination process where words are used as weapons of war. From pre-k to graduate school, the young are preyed upon and “bucked out.” Those who hold the reins rule by fear, dictating children speak words that are lies. Like a horse who shies away from the crack of a whip, each our young are ruled by fear, shamed into silence and conformity, and forced, as little pons, into the acceptance of, promotion of, and participation in various forms immorality, including underage sexual exploitation and desensitization.
“You can never rely on a horse that is educated by fear.” ~Antoine de Pluvinel
While society passively watched, we offered up our children for sacrifice. Unable to think on their own, much less cope with the demands of life, we have allowed rough riders to break our young, consuming their broken spirits like ravenous vultures… then demanding more. From cradle to grave, our boys are now expected to submit to a woman, no matter the horror she may will. A young man is not even permitted to save his unborn son. Is it any wonder we have so many fatherless families?
Young women too, should they not tow the approved party line, are not permitted to advocate for their own needs. We watched and did nothing. Many of us even bought into the lies, brought on by our own spiritual breaking during our time in school. Still, there is no excuse. Cowardice breeds cowards. Inaction only furthers the action another.
In the end, this happened on our watch. In the in, we have participated in the breaking of our boys… and our girls. In the end, we let ourselves be broken too, bucked out and baked into a pie made of mush and pansies. How long will we allow the spirit of each new generation to be broken, saddled with the weight of our silence? Do we wish to secure greener pastures for our nation’s future generations?
It is time to pound the ground with our hooves, defending our young men and boys from a life of self-loathing. It is time we stir up the dust, defending our young women and girls from a life of tear-stained sexual exploitation disguised as “liberation.” It is time to lead the herd. As Lendon Grey once said, “It is the difficult horses that have the most to give you.” In other words, it is time for us mustangs to take back the reins, and give the rough riders an unbridled buck!