I’ve been thinking about men. No, not THAT way! Just wondering – in our day and age, how do boys learn to be men? How do we all understand what it means to be a man?
The last few decades have brought us considerable angst about women, and what is valuable in women, and what little girls should aim for in life. And there has been a lot of disparagement of men. But I hear very little about what makes an admirable man. In decades and centuries past, they wrote about “manly virtues” – honor, courage, loyalty, steadfastness, responsibility, even self-sacrifice. I don’t hear much about such things, any more, except in regard to our military. Do these ideals still define a “manly man” to us?
If you are a man, what and how did you learn about this? Books? Role models – father, teacher, boss, friend? Popular culture – movies, music, television? Are there conflicts among these sources? Are our boys and young men being offered these ideals, or others?