My dad became a published author this week, and I could not be more proud of him. For several years he has been growing as an aspiring writer, and finally he has his first publication. Be A Man is a collection of essays focusing on what it means to be a man in today’s society. I have only read the two that my dad wrote, but they are both funny and poignant.
But the title of the collection had me wondering: what does it mean to be a man? The classic notion of what it means to be a man is severely outdated, because a man can be weak or strong, feminine or masculine – basically every adjective you can think of. So if the classic concept of manhood is not true, then what is? “Be yourself” is too broad and vague. Is “being a man” any different from what it means to “be a woman”? I don’t think so. I think that being a man is about being a decent human being, making mistakes and growing from them.
It’s interesting to think about, that’s for sure!
Or maybe we could just defer to Mulan.