I like re-watching movies from the 80’s (all the movies I used to watch as a kid) because they are funny in accidental ways.
Either because they’re now politically incorrect or “culturally insensitive” or just plain corny.
Over the weekend I revisited a movie I first saw with my dad when I was a kid – Conan the Barbarian.
It was one of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s breakout movies.
Anyway there’s this really great part where Conan is going through this muscle man destroyer boot camp – which entails lots of sword training, studying literature and poetry, and even conjugal visits from scantily clad female slaves certain to give Renaissance faire-attending nerds a stiffy.
And the master trainer quizzes Conan: “What is best in life?”
To which Conan responds: “To crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentations of their women.”
And I thought, damn that’s pretty dark.
But if you’re going to upend a tribe, clan, or enemy, causing their women sorrow is a good place to start.
As they say, if mama ain’t happy, ain’t no one happy.
And I’ll go out on a limb here at the risk of sounding antiquated or sexist and say that women are the bedrock of the home.
They bear the children, they carry the bloodline, so they must be protected.
Not saying they can’t be strong, educated, or learn to protect themselves. Even better!
But that doesn’t take away the man’s responsibility to protect his women from the warring tribes that are coming to uproot him and his family.
Which literally happens in warring countries around the world, but also serves as a good metaphor for “lesser” threats that still need to be addressed.
Like a young man who contacted me the other day to set up a living trust for his mother, after his dad had passed away.
Now there’s a young man looking out for his family.
But whether you’re a man doing his duty, or a strong and educated woman taking responsibility for her family, both are admirable, and I can help you start prepping for the future for little more than your monthly car payment.
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