It’s hard being a man of substance in today’s world. Now more than ever, men are praised and looked up to for being complete trash. This is not to be confused with being a rebel and going your own way. As I’ve begun to separate myself from alliances and packs that I once held, I often find myself wondering why so many men take pride in bringing pain to other people, especially other men.
Turn on the radio, and I guarantee you that it’ll only be a matter of time before you hear a song with a man stating lyrics about how he took someone else, girl! Have we come to a point in our lives where we validate our masculinity based on what we can take from another man?
I can remember a time when men lived by and honored a code of loyalty, honor, and respect for boundaries. This was a tradition that I was raised on and looked forward to sharing with the youth. But now it seems like men would rather be an “Alpha Dog” who wrecks the lives of others to feel like he’s the most respected man in the room. Don’t get me wrong, I agree with most principles of being an Alpha male, but not at the expense of causing pain and depression in the life of someone else.
There are plenty of ways you can validate your masculinity without being a burden on someone else. Regardless of what society tells you, that shit is whack! If you want to be a real man. Take care of your business, speak life into people, volunteer somewhere, spend time with the youth. Doing shit to cause other people harm makes you look like a complete Jackass! Let’s re-establish the code of loyalty, honor, and respect!
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