I Need Your Help!

Me and Uncle Charlie

I am looking for some help from you concerning the meaning of the term “manhood.” Not a dictionary definition, but a visceral response.  What does your gut say? I did a survey by email a few months back with great responses.  Before I move on to interpreting the results, I want to get more input. With great fear and trembling, I am asking all who read these little missives to weigh in. 

Don’t overthink it. I am looking for the hardwired archetype in your heart of hearts, not what you learned in college, or in church, or that you think would be cool. One word, 2 words, three at most. If you don’t want the world to know what you think, you can message me.

Here’s the question: “When you hear the term “manhood” what’s the first thing that pops into your mind?” Go!

13 thoughts on “I Need Your Help!

  1. To me manhood implies the stage of life when a young man becomes responsible for himself, able to meet his own needs and at times, those of others. There are exceptions such as men who are challenged physically or mentally and need assistance from others, but even then one could say that when a young man becomes an adult, he has entered manhood. Some in society have placed expectations on men to live up to their standards of being strong/muscular, exceptionally virile, fearless, emotionless, and many other unrealistic ideals that fit into their definitions of manly or manhood.

  2. Manhood is that state when a boy child has grown enough to accept responsibility: for himself, for those who are beholden to him, and to those he is beholden to. Manhood is that point in a boy child’s growth when he can and does accept the duties of both his loyalties to those he looks to and the loyalties of those who look to him.

  3. RESPONSIBILITY
    DEFINES A REAL MAN.
    He TAKES Responsibility.
    He FULFILLS his
    Responsibilities.
    PERIOD.
    …Job, Marriage, Family, Children, Parenting, Church Participation etc.
    EXCURSIS:
    (ONE EXAMPLE…
    In Marriage, that means that he CARES FOR his wife
    Proverbs says:
    “An UNHAPPY WIFE is a REBUKE to a MAN.”
    Proverbs says:
    “A Righteous Man cares for the needs of his ANIMAL”
    …How much MORE, then, would he care for the needs of his WIFE.
    …WITH GREAT PRIVILEGE COMES GREAT RESPONSIBILITY!!!
    Much has been made of:
    A MAN having authority over his WIFE and CHILDREN.
    ..HE ALSO HAS GREAT RESPONSIBILITIES TO FULFILL FIRST!!!)

  4. RESPONSIBILTY DEFINES A MAN.
    PERIOD.
    …A REAL MAN, that is.
    He TAKES RESPONSIBILTY in WHATEVER he does.
    He FULFILLS HIS RESPONSIBILITIES in WHATEVER he does.

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