THE 10th GAY OF X-MAS: THE GIFT OF BROTHERHOOD

There was a time where men stood together in a bond of brotherhood, men supporting men. As men embrace the fullness of who they are as individuals, they may find themselves supporting other men, helping others to reach the level of inner comfort and outer freedom that they themselves have found. Among those who are less sure of themselves and their place in the world, it may be more common to criticize other men than to seek their help. But there are things that a man can only learn from another man, as there are things about being a man that can only be learned from other men. We all recognize that we have much to learn from each other regardless of gender, but sometimes we could use a supportive role model that gives us a more precise example of what and who we can become. It is only natural that the pendulum swings out of balance for a while so that we may have the experience of what we do not want. It is up to men to bring the pendulum back into balance and bring back the sacred sisterhood we yearn for at our core.  If we envision a world where men support each other and help each other find their place in an ever-changing world, then we can become the change we want to see. Jealousy, envy, criticism, and judgment are refuges for the insecure. As we help others to become self-assured, we create a world in which all people help each other, regardless of gender. Only men can make the change in how men are seen and understood, not just by other men but by the world at large. The way we speak about each other to other men and to the men in our lives informs everyone to treat us with the respect that all men, and all people, deserve.

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