Two Kinds of Authority

There is an authority which badgers a boy into resentment, and there is an authority which liberates him. A boy might seethe over a mildly cutting remark from his older sister about his dishwasher loading habits, and then the next moment be daydreaming about a drill instructor screaming in his face from a range of about two inches. When men get to telling stories to one another, boot camp stories are frequently in the mix. They rarely tell stories about the time their older sister bossed them around the kitchen.

– Douglas Wilson, Future Men, p. 89.


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