My beard is both mighty and powerful.
I keep it short length-wise, and sometimes I cut it down to just the chin-strap and goatee; it's a little neater, but I like the full face thing as it requires less maintenance. Only thing that sucks is the occasional goober saying I look like Jesus.
And I don't trust a man over the age of 25 without SOME kind of facial hair.
It's strange how the times change. I often think of Chuck Heston in Planet of the Apes when he says "Where I come from only kids wear beards".
Of course, he came from the 60's, when men wanted to distance themselves from hippie kids however possible.
But goddamit, it was good enough for Hemingway, it's good enough for me. I figure I'll let it get all poofy n' junk when I'm older. Don't see myself ever going back to being clean shaven though. Then I couldn't trust me, and that'd be no good.
It IS a shame to cover up a face this pretty, I admit... A damn shame. So it's good I'm not shallow or otherwise concerned with such things. The beard makes me look significantly more wolfish at any rate, and successfully adds at least a gallon of macho to my already dangerous levels of masculinity.
If John Wayne, Steve McQueen, and Brando all made a composite clone from their genes, I'd make it look like a flappy-handed sissy if it ever dared stand next to me, just by virtue of my natural manful essences.
Amplified by the beard.
That's the truf, Ruf. So respect the face fur.