Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Men vs. Boys

Dennis Prager ask the question "Is America Still Making Men?" and outlines the differences between men and boys.

"What is a man (as opposed to a boy)? The traditional understanding was that a man is he who takes responsibility for others — for his family, his community and his country — and, of course, for himself. A man stood for ideals and values higher than himself. He conducted himself with dignity. And he was strong."

We have tended to obliterate the differences between men and boys, and between men and women. This creates all kinds of issues. I've written before about my concerns that American pop culture celebrates prolonged adolescence well into late 20's.

Mr. Prager points out there is a perpetuating cycle here:

"When boys do not become men, women assume their roles. But they are not happy doing so. There are any number of reasons American women suffer from depression more than ever before and more than men. It is difficult to believe that one of those reasons is not the very emasculation of men that the movement working in their name helped to bring about. And so, a vicious cycle has commenced — men stop being men; women become man-like; men retreat even further from their manly role; and women get sadder."

Read the whole article, it's a good analysis. Then think about what you can do to raise men in your family, your church, and your community.

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