Note: What you will find below is not so much a long blog post, but a short ebook; approach it as such. At over 20k words, it will probably take an hour or two to read, and surely even longer to process. This is the conclusion and culmination of this long series on manhood, and this short book really defines the concept(s) that we’ve been thinking about and working on since we started AoM back in 2008.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Manliness is a Choice. Choose the Hard Way.
Chapter 2: The Manhood Reserve Training Program and Exercises
Chapter 3: The Importance of Our Social Ties
Chapter 4: Virtue — The Capstones of Manhood
For the last few months, we’ve embarked on a fairly epic series on the nature of manhood – its origins, historical imperatives, and standing in the modern world. Here’s a look at where we’ve been:
- Part I – Protect
- Part II – Procreate
- Part III – Provide
- Part IV – The 3 P’s of Manhood in Review
- Part V – What is the Core of Masculinity
- Part VI – Where Does Manhood Come From?
- Why Are We So Conflicted About Manhood in the Modern Age?
At this point we’ve reached the most important question of all: where do we go from here?
In my last post, I described three popular positions as to which path modern men should take, all of which I believe are ultimately dead ends.
Today I will lay out my own suggested roadmap for how to live as a man in the 21st century.
I offer this guide with the utmost humility. There is no such thing as an “expert” in manliness, and I make no absolute claims for the authoritative nature of what you’ll find below. Manhood is a big, surprisingly deep subject and my views will likely be refined as I gain further knowledge and understanding over the years to come.
At the same time, it isn’t pulled out of my rear. What you find below represents my earnest and best faith effort to distill what I have learned through six years of studying and reading about manhood and interacting with thousands of men around the world, as well as from my own personal faith, philosophy, and experience. I really believe the principles and steps below can guide a man in making the best possible life for himself.
Chapter 1: Manliness Is A Choice. Choose The Hard Way