Samuel Zeif and Stoneman Douglas

I can’t get over how important and powerful Samuel Zeif’s presence was at the White House on Wednesday, February 21, 2018. You can read his words here. Listen here. His words were excellent and most moving, but what has stuck with me personally even more was his crying. 


Male crying is something we hardly ever see, and we need to see much more of it.

All too often society teaches that masculinity and crying (especially, public crying) are totally separate 

Samuel Zeif gave the nation a powerful example and showed that crying and masculinity are not mutually exclusive categories.

Masculinity = crying. 

On a related note, I love what the governor of New York said about the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and the response by its students:

I think the high school students are showing more leadership than their elected officials.

Dr. Andrew Joseph Pegoda