By James “Topfuel”Macecari
“We know what we are, but know not what we may be. ”
This quote by Shakespeare has to say it all, many in the biker world throw around the word “Brotherhood” or “Brother” like it’s just another word, my suspicion is most don’t have a clue what any of those words means or stand for. Today in this lifestyle, you have more posers and wannabees then true hardcore individuals, no you don’t have to ride in a club to be a true biker, you have to know what integrity and honor mean to come close. I don’t know if it’s just me or if it’s society and the type of people it’s producing, most have to agree that people now are nowhere near the integrity that was produced in the old days.
So what is the meaning according to me? What is a biker? Well the biggest thing that comes to mind for me is hard work. A person has to get their ass out of bed in the morning, get to work and be productive, all these kids or young adults, they will be 30 years old and still live at home with mommy and daddy, what kind of shit is that? I myself was out on the street playing the game at 16, out of the folks house at 18, one thing I knew is I had to work my ass off for everything I had, let me tell ya, it wasn’t much either. A biker never sits there looking for handouts, they go out there every day working for what they got, they sure the hell don’t depend on someone doing it for them.
Another quality I look for is Integrity. Integrity is something that doesn’t exist anymore, shit most people don’t know how to stand behind anything they say, always about running the game and hustle. What irritates me even more is hearing this kind of people using the word “Brother”, especially if I know the idiots and what they are about. The word brother really doesn’t mean much to me anymore, I know a lot of others that can say the same thing when you have a bunch of people who have no understanding of the word and meaning, let’s face it, the word gets watered down over time and meaningless.
It has gotten so bad even in the club scene that “Brotherhood” hold very little meaning. I have to blame the clubs on this one, clubs have worried about numbers since the early 90’s instead of the quality of individual coming into the ranks. Take a look around next time you’re at an event, look at some of the individuals in some of these clubs, you will start to awaken to the fact that most are a joke, only a number to boost ranks and that badass image. Deep down I can bet you a million dollars, the club you are looking at is in turmoil, nothing but drama and backbiting. That you all is not “Brotherhood”.
Blood, Sweat, Tears. Always remember those 3 words, those are the only way you can call anyone “Brother”, you’ve had to share all three over an expanded period of time, that’s the only true way of honoring that word and the relationship it holds. The word “Brother” should embody all the emotions of the human spirit, it should define you as a person, you should be honored to have that word used in the same sentence as your name, this type of emotion is what’s missing from the current “Biker World”.
Ask yourself, what is the draw to our Lifestyle in the first place? Yes, I know, the wind and freedom bullshit. But what is really the draw to the Lifestyle? Why does everyone want to be a part of it now when in the old days it was Taboo? It’s something so simple to answer if you really look at it, people want to experience what it is like to have honor, integrity, they want to be noticed by the public as someone who holds onto something in life and fights for it. That’s what the old timers did in the day when being a biker wasn’t cool, people saw how these men stood up for what they believed in and gave society the big “Fuck You” while doing it. People have a tendency to want to copy those who put in the work of achieving something, that is why people are drawn to the biker lifestyle, they feel like this lifestyle will make them into something they cannot be all the time That’s the mentality of the weekend warrior, that’s the motivation behind everything they do.
I’ve always said that you are “A Man before anything else”. Do you have to be the biggest badass? Do you have to act like something you’re not? No, you just have to be yourself, don’t copy someone else because of an image, make the image you, tailor it to what you think it should be, most important have integrity with your word, have truth when you speak no matter the costs. Get up every day and work your ass off and achieve something that day, do it for yourself and no one else. The same goes for riding and being a biker, do it for yourself and no one else, be you. Don’t be something because that is what society thinks a biker should be, if that’s the only reason you are doing it for then know always, you will be a fake, wannabe and someone who deserves no respect at all.
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