Jim Huggins (jkhuggins) wrote,
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On living a dangerous life

I read this quote yesterday.  For some reason, it haunts me.
If you've spent any time around horses, you know a stallion can be a major problem.  They're strong, very strong, and they've got a mind of their own.  Stallions typically don't like to be bridled, and they can get downright aggressive --- especially if there are mares around.  A stallion is hard to tame.  If you want a safer, quieter animal, there's an easy solution: castrate him.  A gelding is much more compliant.  You can lead him around by the nose; he'll do what he's told without putting up a fuss.  There's only one problem: Geldings don't give life.  They can't come through for you the way a stallion can.  A stallion is dangerous all right, but if you want the life he offers, you have to have the danger too.  They go together.

--- John Eldredge,
Wild At Heart: Discovering the Secret of a Man's Soul

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