To watch a John Wayne movie is to take a course in masculinity. It’s to view the values in action that should be at the forefront of any man’s life. Values that are, by in large, fleeting in a society that’s losing it’s strong, masculine virtues and along with them it’s moral compass and worse, it’s desire to define right and wrong, good and evil and fight the fights that were once considered honorable to fight.
When Willie Nelson asked Jesus to “come on back” and pick up John Wayne on the way, he hit the nail on the head.
Though John ain’t coming back, what he personified can. The man he was, the man he portrayed, the archetype he became, needs to come back if we’re going to be at our best, not only for ourselves, but for our families and our society, our tribes and our clubs and our communities.