As of late, there’s been much talk about masculinity and what it means to be a man. Considering all of the negative statistics related to behaviors from men, it is wise for our society to think about the impact of masculinity. With focus and intention, masculinity on display is a very constructive force to be reckoned with. For instance, a husband loving his spouse as she battles through a terminal illness. Although he’s been pushed to the limits of his emotions, he continues to love her unconditionally. His love births in us a desire to be more loving to our own family. When left unchecked, it is as destructive as a wildfire on a windy day. His tongue is uncontrollable, and everyone is tip toeing around the house to avoid setting off a ticking time bomb. Let’s flee as fast as we can from being like the last father, and flock to becoming more like the husband.
Walking this journey to becoming a man is a long, arduous process. Becoming a man is full of up’s and down’s. It’s littered with contradictions as to who he really is and who the society wants him to be. Constantly striving to reach the pinnacle of manhood, men of all ages are navigating the idea of what it means to be a man. Can one really Master Manhood? What does that really mean? If you go to Mastering Manhood, you’ll get a glimpse.
My friends (Joshua Banks and Isaac Rowe) decided that we needed to do something in our city to build up our men. As you may recall in my first post (Can You Hear Me?), Frederick Douglass suggested that “It’s easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.” However, it doesn’t mean that we don’t try! We went well past try, and DID THE THING in the form of a conference. We feel wholeheartedly; in order to redefine community, we must reclaim masculinity. It’s our desire to empower and inspire men to embrace community, responsibility, family, education, and legacy. A man, who isn’t willing to tackle those five areas in his life, is doomed to crack on the pressure. The Mastering Manhood Conference is designed to bring men together to play an active role in their personal and professional development. When we focus and create a powerful intention, we heal ourselves and those connected to us. Now, that’s what it means to be a man!