When the Titanic sank, 74 percent of the women passengers survived the April 15, 1912, calamity, while 80 percent of the Men perished. Why? Because the Men followed the principle “women and children first.” This is Manly.
Michael Jordan, Game 5 of the NBA Finals on June 11, 1997. With the full blown stomach flu – on a day the rest of us would call in sick – MJ put up 38 points, seven rebounds, five assists and three steals. “I don’t give up,” was his explanation. This is Manly.
In 480 BC, an almost insignificant number of Spartans, led by their king, Leonidas, held off a Persian hoard that outnumbered them 1000 to 1. During two full days of battle the small force blocked the only road by which the massive Persian army could pass. It is still considered by many historians as a deciding factor in the eventual defeat of a Persian tyrant by free Greek men. This. Is. Manly.
But what of us? We live normal lives, not necessarily chosen by fate for historic moments of greatness.
Living into the tradition of Manliness does not need to always be so grand. It lives in the quiet choices we make every day. It lives in how we choose to confront our own trials and tribulations, and even our triumphs. It lives in how we treat our women and raise our sons and daughters. It is remembering the core values of being a Man – toughness, honor, selflessness, humor, bravery, tolerance, self-reliance, and facial hair.
What matters is that we recognize, and remember, that we have a legacy to live into. To realize that the modern world would water us down if it could. But the world needs Men. Preserved and intact. Remember who you are and the Man you should be. The world will be better for it.