Men’s groups? I have been in several over the years. But men’s community – in contemporary America, is there really such a thing? More challenging: can men share a common vision and destiny over time and distance?
Forget it, I thought…as Robert Bly grew older. Without this charismatic leader, surely the Minnesota Men’s Conference would fade.
Wrong. This assumption said more about me than the conference. A core group of idealistic men, varying in age and background, has reinvigorated the annual gathering. They are poised to take the Minnesota Men’s Conference in new directions. All this has renewed my faith in what is humanly possible.
Reminding me that I need idealism, that we all do. And also that great teachers like Robert Bly transfer not only knowledge…but actual power.
Has this happened to me? Has it happened to all of us? Maybe this transfer of power, this gift of life knowledge, is what sustains men in community. Precisely how it happens…well, that’s an enduring mystery. It’s what makes people poets. It’s what brings me to Minnesota annually.
And to quote an old song, from my very distant youth, ‘I’ll See You in September.”
– Paul Bendix