While the Declaration of Independence is primarily a political document, there are lessons that we can learn from it that will challenge us to become better men and better at being men. In mid-June of 1776 Thomas Jefferson was tasked with writing a document that would set forth the reasons that the 13 colonies should separate from England. The words that he composed are worth exploring, not only for their historical significance, but also for their depth of content. Let’s take a look at what Jefferson wrote.[Read more…] about Lessons on Masculinity from The Declaration of Independence
Lt. Michael Murphy, Matthew Axelson, and Danny Dietz were Navy SEALS who lost their lives on a mountain in Afghanistan during Operation Red Wings in 2005. Only one man left that mountain alive, Marcus Luttrell, known as the Lone Survivor. Luttrell survived in part due to the efforts of Michael Murphy, who sacrificed his life to get a phone signal so that the team’s location could be determined by their military support group. Check out this post for the full story.[Read more…] about The Murph: A Workout to Honor Our Fallen Heroes
Avengers: Endgame carries plenty of lessons on being a man for those who are paying attention. The movie hit the theaters a couple of weeks ago to mostly rave reviews from critics and moviegoers, but there were also a few voices out there who criticized men for going to watch a superhero movie. I’m not a big fan of false or misplaced bravado, so those criticisms (and my kids) motivated me to check out Endgame.[Read more…] about Lessons on Being a Man from Avengers: Endgame
Do men still need “manly skills”? While they might not be necessary to survive, they’re still necessary to thrive. There’s no question that we don’t live in the same world that our grandfathers inhabited. Our economy is built on specialization, with each person or company having a particular niche, with the result being that none of us is forced to develop a broad array of skills in order to navigate through life. This phenomenon is further bolstered by the advance in technology, which enables most men to live their lives by pushing buttons. Many of the manly skills that were necessary a few generations ago are optional now, at least in terms of being able to provide financially.[Read more…] about Are Manly Skills Obsolete for the Average Man?
It’s almost Christmas, and I have a challenge for you fathers, young and old: speak your love to your children. By nature, most men are less willing to communicate what’s in our hearts for other people. Our inclination is to show you how we feel about you. And that mode of operation is wonderful. It’s how things get done. It’s why we work, create income, provide food and shelter, and protect against harm – those are all the results of love in action.[Read more…] about A Christmas Challenge for Fathers: Speak Your Love