I’ve often found that boys are capable of a more frank discussion of manhood than us older guys are. When I have gone to boys’ schools to speak the questions are always so blunt, the interest in what it means to be a good man so palpable. Whereas men, perhaps, have grown a thick skin to protect ourselves from the most pressing questions, boys really want to know. Now. They haven’t had time to get cynical or decide that opening their hearts could be dangerous.
Nowhere is that discussion more pressing than on the biggest of possible questions: God.
I asked two 16 year-old boys to allow me to videotape them. At first, I was asking the questions. That went exceedingly poorly. The boys gave more or less one word responses. After almost an hour I gave up. I told them that I was leaving but would keep the camera running and they could figure out if they had anything they wanted to say to each other. I didn’t suggest a topic. Everything they discussed was their idea including the central dilemmas of organized religion.
Yes, these guys are both related to me. I leave it to you to figure out how.
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