True masculinity is never “toxic.”
True masculinity heals and restores. Traces of it can be seen in various quarters, and in rare cases, it finds fulfillment in a man who is virtuous and whole. It surpasses parodies and gross stereotypes, standing on its own as a thing of resolute beauty and steadfast strength that edifies all who encounter it. Despite the noise of a world gone mad, authentic manliness quietly does what needs to be done.
You may think you know what “manliness” means and, hopefully, you’ve had at least one man in your life who lived it well; you may also have heard of “toxic masculinity,” or conversely, the “beta male.” Neither of these two hits the mark of a man’s greatest potential to positively impact the world. It’s time to let go of the counterfeits society has imprinted into the collective conscience and reveal something more complex and sublime than any stereotype or social construct. Continue reading “What Manliness Means”