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May 16, 2015

Idle Men

“There are probably more idle men now than at any time since the Great Depression, and this time the problem is mostly structural, not cyclical. These men will find it hard to attract spouses. Many will pick up habits that have a corrosive cultural influence on those around them.” – David Brooks

theidlemanYou can choose now to be the kind of man you want to be. There is a growing tend of men now who are jobless or who can’t hold a job for six months. In a gender study done in America, Mitch Pearlstein wrote in his article, “Broken Families, Broken Economy,

Under normal circumstances, boys grow up and marry the women who become the mothers of their children. If, however, they reach adulthood unable to hold a job, stay sober, or keep out of jail, they quickly find that desirable women have little interest in hitching themselves to them.

When men don’t man-up, the effect is a decline in marriage, a decline in economy and a decline in society. So let us not belittle our role as men in our cities and families. We are to be men of honor and men whom others would respect and look up to. We just have to.

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