What is manliness? What does it mean to be a man, today?
A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to be a guest on the What Is Manly? Podcast with my friend Damian Andrews from Australia. During the interview, I explained that I grew up in a home of men (I have no sisters, although my Mom was very influential in our lives), I went to an all-boys Catholic high school in Chicago, I attended an all-male military college (The Citadel), so I have been exposed to manliness my entire life.
It appears that some people around the world want to blur the lines on what it means to be truly manly today; that for some reason being a man is under attack and has no place in modern society.
However, I still believe what I was taught when it comes to manliness, that being a man comes down to doing what is necessary to provide for and protect those who are weak, those who are abused, those who are being taken advantage of, and those who are less fortunate.
That definition can apply to women, children, or other men. It can apply to other races, creeds, and orientations. It can apply to people in your community, your workplace, or your place of worship.
But true manliness, the values all men should aspire to live by, is eternal and will not change with the times, political correctness, or a woke agenda.
Check out the short speech below delivered by James Freeman Clarke, in 1878, on what it means to be a man.
Please leave me a comment about your thoughts on what true manliness is.
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