Boxing Champion Manuel Charr Is Not A German

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When I first heard that a German was declared WBA heavyweight Champion in boxing I was just happy for him. I don’t watch traditional boxing, but I believe in the moral function of sports and the importance of supporting their appreciation. Finally, decades after Max Schmeling won the title for Germany in 1930 a new hero seemed to have risen like a phoenix from the ashes of effeminate decay.

 

Now we learn that Manuel Charr is not a German. He is an Arab from Lebanon. That does not take away from his honor and success, and I’d like to take the chance to congratulate him now: well done, warrior! Before him the most successful ‘German’ boxers were the Klitschko brothers from Ukraine.

 

What strikes me now is that we don’t have successful German martial artists. We also don’t have a notable rugby team. In fact the most macho sport Germans can compete in is Association Football, a sport where the fans are regularly more violent than the athletes because their rough nature is not sufficiently satisfied. This is both cause and symptom of a moral decline.

 

The social network Facebook once made a study that showed in what regions of the US college football teams are most often ‘liked’. The most enthusiastic region was the South, followed by the Mid West, rural areas were more thrilled than urban ones.

 

In conservative areas moral men are hard men. In liberal areas immoral men run rampant unopposed by effeminate weaklings. Prisons are filled with hard, immoral men from leftist areas and crime rates are low where the well-raised, religious men are the hard men. The South and the Mid West are also the regions that are most successful in military recruitment. American Football is just about as safe and just about as violent to attract a sizable number of manly fans and to encourage men to be real men.

 

It should be no surprise that one of the most successful countries in modern history, the United Kingdom, is also the birthplace of many of the world’s most popular sports. Athletic activity, it seems, advances fairness, camaraderie, ambition and the neccessary restraint to uphold a framework of rules. At the same time, English, unlike any other language, has integrated the fuzzy logic that good men are ‘gentle’. So far Britain’s aristocracy could offset this notion by serving their country in the military, leading the nation by example. Prince Harry is swooned by the ladies for being the rough and tumble prince, who speaks fondly about killing enemy soldiers. When the tabloid Sun was criticised for publishing a picture of him being naked, with his genitals on display, they defended themselves with praise: Harry is our military hero! I suppose, the Queen was amused.

 

But what does it mean if Germany loses its sense of manliness. First, we lose the ideals for how a man should be. The virtue of restrained passed down to us from our ancient Roman heritage vanishes. A boxer may not bite the ear in the fray and a sexually aroused man must accept a woman’s ‘no’.

 

By losing our sense of manliness we also seem to weaken traits that men are born with. Men want to defend their family, women, and children. The protection traditionally extended to larger units and to the entire nation. Men sacrifice a lot to achieve a goal. What does it mean for a nation if men don’t want to defend the borders? And is it a coincidence that man are insulted more regularly since the debate about borders and migrations has risen to prominence?

 

But not all can be explained with ‘feminist’ aggression. Since decades the testosterone level of Western males is sinking (this study for the US is age controlled). This is paralleled by a rapid decline in the number of sperms per ejaculation. Both is sometimes attributed to the evil toxic industries that (could) poison us all, but many scientists see an abating interest in sports as the main reason. So far the number of sperms is still considered high enough to procreate, but with the ideal of marriage went the wishes to have children anyway. Without certain ideals men won’t marry and men won’t accept a ‘no’ to be in the way of their sexual advances.

 

The left has done a great job using those as pawns who have a harder time striving for gender ideals. We are showered with transgender and gay issues on a daily basis now. To make a long story short: gays and trannies are not the problem. People who lived in loving straight relationship (so their own account), but come out glamorously as ‘gay’ are a concern (e.g. soccer star Thomas Hitzelsperger).

 

We see a surge of fake gays and fake trannies, of people who actually don’t have a hard time to conform to an ideal. I also don’t mind bisexuals. If there is a partner you love, go for him/her! But why do singles glamorously announce that they want to live a gay life now?

 

The problem is not trannies. Real trannies by definition match gender ideals of the aspired sex. Generally they do so much better than the general public. But why is there so much fuss about pseudo-trannies who simply cannot throw a coin?

 

There is also no problem with girly men and butch women. They can just be admired as individuals as everybody else. Ideals don’t compel us to comply, they guide us. Sports are a way to shape us without force, gently.

 

Boxing Champion Manuel Charr has a dark past. He was a hard man before he was a moral one. His criminal record includes theft and grave bodily harm, even an attempted murder. However, he has been law-abiding for some years now. His path reflects his Arab background, a culture with a very mixed moral record, with strengths and weaknesses different from our own. His fortitude did not rise out of a German culture of strong men. Now, he seeks the German citizenship. Will he be held dear as a hero?

Comments

Nasty Added Nov 30, 2017 - 4:17pm
Is there such a thing as a GERMAN?
Jeff Michka Added Nov 30, 2017 - 6:46pm
Bennie Goldstein rants: American Football is just about as safe and just about as violent to attract a sizable number of manly fans and to encourage men to be real men.-Your rant has more to do with your concepts of sex and what is or is not
a "proper attitude" toward LGBTQ people, not much about Germans.  How do you "over engineer" a boxer?
Simply Jews Added Dec 1, 2017 - 3:06am
"In conservative areas moral men are hard men. In liberal areas immoral men run rampant unopposed by effeminate weaklings. Prisons are filled with hard, immoral men from leftist areas and crime rates are low where the well-raised, religious men are the hard men."
 
Interesting observation. Could be true, though. But needs some research support, I would say.
 
As for testosterone levels dropping: you know, Alex Jones has a perfect explanation for this. Namely the estrogen that "elites" put in the tap water to emasculate the population. Oh well...
 
 
Charlie Raiche Added Dec 1, 2017 - 5:12am
I don’t get all this rhetoric about fake trannies and gays or real trannies and gays.  All of that doesn’t seem to have much to do with boxing or whether or not Charr is German.  The question of one’s nationality is an interesting one in light of illegal immigration, legal immigration and ancestry decent.  I really don’t know the answer and I don’t think this article shed much light on the answer in light of all the tangents you went on. 
Benjamin Goldstein Added Dec 1, 2017 - 11:22am
Nasty: Yes and no. I refer to the general culture that is characteristic of the citizens of Germany today. That culture has not produced athletes in popular sports for decades (soccer being a positive exception).
 
 
SJ: I think Alex Jones' weight has more to do with his estrogen problems than the water.
 
Raiche: Given the categories that you mention the article falls into the category 'ancestry decent'. Charr is not a cultural German and his success is not a product of German culture. As such we cannot claim that the world championship title in boxing was won for us. Hopefully his success will still inspire Germans to hit the gym. Maybe we will be graced with a boxing star in future.
Shane Laing Added Dec 1, 2017 - 1:40pm
I have no doubt if Germans started taking rugby seriously they would be very good. Then they could beat us with penalties as they do in football. Pfft
Charlie Raiche Added Dec 1, 2017 - 3:08pm
If Charr is not German what is he and why? 
If Charr were to have children what would they be? 
 
What nationality is Marina Sharapova?  Since the age of seven she has lived in America.  She has both Russian and US citizenship.  She speaks perfect American-accented English.  However, when she competes she competes under the Russian flag.  The reason I bring it up is because I think one’s nationality is whatever one thinks it should be.  Who are any of us to say Charr isn’t German or Sharapova isn’t Russian. 
Benjamin Goldstein Added Dec 1, 2017 - 3:13pm
Charr is Lebanese. His children will probably be partly German and partly Lebanese. It is really a feat of the individual what cultural influence become how important in what aspects of life.
 
Nationality is not just what you decide. As the article says Charrs seeks German citizenship. He will have the German nationality in future. The text is more about whether German culture can be given credit for his success and I think it can't.
Benjamin Goldstein Added Dec 1, 2017 - 3:15pm
Laing: i would love to see Germans picking up rugby.
Maureen Foster Added Dec 2, 2017 - 4:59am
No culture should be given credit for Charr’s success.  Charr earned it all by himself. 
 
Would you agree that Charr is a German of Lebanese decent? If so, wouldn’t his children be the same? 
 
German (any country for that matter) Citizenship doesn’t make one a German.  Much in the same way one raised in Germany but without German citizenship, is more German than anything else.  Others would say to be considered of a nationality one needs to be born in that country. 
 
I think there are a lot of interesting questions in this article related to nationality and decent, even if that was not your intention. 
Benjamin Goldstein Added Dec 2, 2017 - 5:18am
No culture should be given credit for Charr’s success.  Charr earned it all by himself. 
I think in this case individual honor and the honor for the countries athletes come to represent don't compete with one another. The culture determines how many people are incentivised to engage in a certain behavior. We are all product of our culture and of our personality. A culture is like an accent. You share it with the neighbourhood in which you grow up, but you still have a unique voice.
 
Would you agree that Charr is a German of Lebanese decent? If so, wouldn’t his children be the same? 
Charr is a Lebanese. He has good chances of becoming a naturalized German. His descendents will be Germans of Lebanese descent.
 
I think there are a lot of interesting questions in this article related to nationality and decent, even if that was not your intention. 
Thank you!
Maureen Foster Added Dec 2, 2017 - 5:30am
To be sure, different cultures play different sports.  Accordingly, it’s far more likely an American will be good at baseball and a Norwegian will be good at skiing.  That being said, Charr's culture is not what made Charr better than everyone else in his country or the world. 
 
So long as Charr makes his home in Germany, I say he’s German.  Of course, you’re free to disagree, just know that you aren’t the judge and jury in this discussion. 
Benjamin Goldstein Added Dec 2, 2017 - 5:39am
Of course, you’re free to disagree, just know that you aren’t the judge and jury in this discussion.
Did I say so? I hope not. Everybody is entitled to one's own opinion.
Maureen Foster Added Dec 2, 2017 - 5:52am
You said "Charr is Lebanese" after I suggested it's ambiguous what he is or isn't.  
Benjamin Goldstein Added Dec 2, 2017 - 6:04am
Yes, it is ambiguous. He is culturally largely Lebanese, but of course he will be influenced by the people in his new home, too. 
Benjamin Goldstein Added Dec 2, 2017 - 6:05am
I think the comparison with the accent is quite helpful. It also changes to a degree when people move.
Neelon Crawford Added Dec 3, 2017 - 5:05am
The British, despite being known for being so prim and proper, have produced quite a few boxing champs.  Would you therefore agree that Lebanese and British culture are similar?
Benjamin Goldstein Added Dec 3, 2017 - 5:13am
Neelon: No, that does not make all features of both societies similar.
Neelon Crawford Added Dec 3, 2017 - 5:36am
My point is that to say the Lebanese are some rough and tumble bunch because of Charr and that Germans are a bunch of pansies because they don't have a boxing champion, is very unfair.  Stated differently, a single individual does not determine one's culture.  For example, soccer is a part of Brazilian culture.  That statement remains the same even if Pele never had never existed.    
Benjamin Goldstein Added Dec 3, 2017 - 6:01am
By and large Lebanese are rougher. This is certainly true for the subcultures in which Charr was raised. And I also don't just say that he as an individual is the only hint. I also say that Germans can't compete in any popular sport (other than soccer). Soccer is actually the only sport widely played in Germany.
 
Now, soccer has its merits and its relative stable popularity is a good sign. Soccer instills team spirit, ambition, and self-discipline. I think it is a sign of a healthy society to be into a variety of sports. Soccer does little, for example, to instill risk taking. Different sports help to promote different morals in the general population.
 
The Lebanese culture in of itself does not bring forward martial artists either. I simplified this a bit. The culture of his youth in Beirut, in his Lebanese family home in Syria and in the Lebanese parallel culture in Berlin have features that produced him in a way (of course his physics and his personality play their own role; things come together).
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Dec 3, 2017 - 12:08pm
Naja, was ist schon deutsche Kultur ? Wir Schweizer sprechen auch eine Art Deutsch, aber unsere Fussballer sind beinahe alle Afrikaner oder Balkaner....;-)

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