What Does It Imply to Be A Good Man In the present day? The Way forward for Males and The Moonshot for Mankind


I started working with males and their households on November 21, 1969 when our first son, Jemal, was born. After I held my new child child in my arms for the primary time, I made a promise that I’d be a distinct type of father than my father was in a position to be for me and do every part I might to create a world the place males had been totally healed and linked with their households all through their lives. I had just lately earned my Grasp’s Diploma in Social Welfare from U.C. Berkeley however realized that nothing actually ready me for what it meant to be a father for the primary time.

            When our daughter, Angela, got here into the world three years later, my skilled and private life got here collectively and I launched my web site, MenAlive, as my widow to the world to share my work on gender-specific healthcare. On the time there have been only a few packages targeted on males’s psychological, emotional, and relational well being. Now there are a lot of.

            One program I instantly had an curiosity in studying about is known as The Good Males Challenge. It was based by Tom Mattlack and launched in 2009.

“The Good Males Challenge® is a glimpse of what enlightened masculinity may appear to be within the twenty first century,”

the press raved after they launched. Tom got down to gather tales in regards to the defining moments in males’s lives. He found that the connecting thought between all of the tales of the lads Tom talked to was that there was a second when every man

“awoke, seemed within the mirror and mentioned ‘I believed I knew what it meant to be a person. I believed I knew what it meant to be good. And I understand that I don’t know both.’”

            Tom Mattlack continues to share his insights, understandings, and experiences. In a current weblog publish, “Do You Have 5 Actual Mates?” he says,

“We, as males, are in disaster,”

and presents the next startling realties about males’s lives in the present day:

  • Suicide amongst younger males, 18-24 years of age, is rising quicker than some other demographic.
  • 90% of college shooters are younger white males.
  • The common younger man is apathetic and woefully behind academically.
  • Introduce drawback by race and socioeconomic class, and every part will get even worse.

“Nevertheless it’s not simply younger males, in fact,”

Tom says,

“I speak to the titans of the business every single day who’re misplaced. A number of months in the past the daddy of personal fairness, billionaire Tommy Lee, went to the workplace to shoot himself lifeless. Males of all ages, race, and sophistication are struggling. We’re 4 instances extra more likely to commit suicide. We comprise 70% of OD deaths. We’re in serious trouble.”

The way forward for males is in danger and we’re studying the underlying causes of our issues.

“All scientific analysis factors to a single perpetrator above all others,”

says Mattlack, Isolation.

“As males, we’re socialized, by no means to let down our guard or to get susceptible. And it’s killing us.”

Lisa Hickey, The Good Males Challenge, and The Moonshot for Mankind

Lisa Hickey met Tom Mattack when he was starting to place his tales collectively for a ebook. Lisa describes the encounter in my forthcoming ebook, Lengthy Dwell Males! The Moonshot Mission to Heal Males, Shut the Lifespan Hole, and Provide Hope to Humanity.

“Generally there’s a second that modifications your life. One thing superior or catastrophic or serendipitous occurs. Possibly it’s out of your management. Or perhaps you make a selection. You attempt one thing new. Get an perception. An epiphany. Your life veers in a route you by no means noticed coming.

“And every part modifications.

“For me, it began innocuously sufficient. I had been launched to Tom Matlack; we had been assembly for the primary time to debate a ebook he was placing collectively. He had requested me to lunch as a result of he had heard I knew one thing about social media. As we rode down the elevator from his workplace, he carried the unfinished manuscript in his arms, a couple of hundred pages, unadorned, double-spaced on white copier paper.

“As we walked the block to the restaurant from his workplace, he informed me that the ebook was a group of ‘essays.’ My coronary heart sank. In my thoughts, essays had been boring, tutorial workouts. However a couple of steps later he defined that they had been first-person tales held collectively by the truth that they had been all ‘defining moments’ in males’s lives. The second—Tom defined as we had been strolling—when a man awoke one morning, seemed within the mirror, and every part he knew about being a person—every part he knew about being an excellent man—gave the impression to be in query.

“The story of the man who wished to divorce his spouse however didn’t wish to lose his son, and the one individual he might speak to was a janitor within the buildings he needed to examine for demolition. The dad who had watched docs attempt to jump-start his son’s coronary heart after his first son had died of a drug overdose. The man who had been to Iraq taking pictures of the struggle, who had come again to Brooklyn and realized he now not knew the way to perform as a civilian. ‘You understand,’ Tom mentioned, ‘these moments.’

“We weren’t even seated on the lunch desk earlier than I spotted the brilliance of Tom’s thought. My life modified in a heartbeat.

“I went on to assist begin The Good Males Challenge, one of many largest worldwide conversations about what it means to be an excellent man within the twenty-first century. The ebook was printed. A web site created on the cornerstone, a web-based group that draws hundreds of thousands of individuals from across the globe each month. Tens of 1000’s of writers. Dwell storytelling occasions. Speaking to varsities, faculties, universities, organizations, and firms. Hundreds of stay telephone calls with our group that occur nearly every single day of the week so that individuals can name in and actually take part within the dialog.

“And right here’s the factor about The Good Males Challenge. We are attempting to create massive, sweeping, societal modifications—overturn stereotypes, get rid of racism, sexism, and homophobia, and be a optimistic power for good for issues like schooling reform and the setting. We additionally give people the instruments they should make particular person change—with their very own relationships, with the best way they father or mother, with their potential to be extra aware, extra aware, and extra insightful.

“For some individuals, doing all that, having targets that massive, might get overwhelming. However for these of us right here at The Good Males Challenge, it isn’t overwhelming. It’s merely one thing we do—we do it with teamwork, with compassion, with an understanding of techniques and the way they work, and with shared insights from a variety of viewpoints.

“Over lunch that day, Tom handed me the bread. I sipped ice water. I informed him simply how a lot I believed within the thought. The thought of sparking a dialog in regards to the altering roles of males. The thought of speaking in regards to the second {that a} man awoke, seemed within the mirror, and mentioned, ‘I believed I knew what it meant to be good. I believed I knew what it meant to be a person. I understand I didn’t know both.’

“I seemed up at Tom and mentioned, ‘I don’t know if I can promote one million copies of the ebook. However I can promote one million individuals on that concept.’”

 The Moonshot for Mankind and Humanity          

Twenty years in the past I learn a analysis examine that modified my life. My colleagues Randolph Nesse, MD and Daniel Kruger, PhD examined untimely deaths amongst males in 20 nations. They discovered that in each nation, males died sooner and lived sicker than ladies and their shortened well being and lifespan harmed the lads and their households.

They concluded with three highly effective statements:

  1. “Being male is now the only largest demographic issue for early loss of life.”
  2. “Over 375,000 lives can be saved in a single yr within the U.S. alone if males’s threat of dying was as little as ladies’s.”
  3. “When you might make male mortality charges the identical as feminine charges, you’d do extra good than curing most cancers.”

There are clearly organic elements that favor ladies in longevity, however there’s a lot we are able to do to assist males stay totally wholesome lives. In 2021 I invited plenty of colleagues who had been doing nice work to assist males and their households to affix me in what I known as our “Moonshot for Mankind and Humanity.” Having written for the Good Males Challenge from the start I knew Lisa and the nice work she was doing. She accepted my invitation to affix us. Right here’s what Lisa recounted in Lengthy Dwell Males!

“When Jed Diamond informed me about his thought for the moonshot mission, I felt precisely the identical means as I felt that day I made a decision to assist launch The Good Males Challenge.”

She went on to say,

“The moonshot mission is a rare thought with a massive, furry, audacious objective. I could also be relationship myself by mentioning a BHAG, however that’s what it’s. But the objective of closing the hole between the life expectancy of women and men and getting males to stay longer, happier, extra enriched lives additionally appears like an attainable objective.”

“There are some easy issues that may be executed. For instance, getting males to go to the physician as typically as ladies, particularly as they age. To erase the present disgrace of males coping with psychological well being points. To cease the cultural pressures of ‘work until you drop,’ which appears to be such part of the narrative informed to males, each overtly and covertly. To have a look at charges of smoking, gun violence, and risk-taking in males versus ladies and ask why.

“To know how embracing the complete spectrum of gender and sexuality may assist males obtain a few of these targets. And to assist, actually assist males develop all kinds of relationships that go far past the stereotypical relationships coveted by our tradition and media. Males can have deep, long-lasting, intimate, empathetic, collaborative, and caring relationships with each type of human in existence with out it being an affront to their manhood.

“Have a imaginative and prescient, work to create it. We put an individual on the moon with out understanding precisely how. We will do that too. My private mission assertion is ‘I prefer to create issues that seize the creativeness of most of the people and turn out to be a part of the favored tradition for years to come back.’”

To be taught extra about Lisa and her work at The Good Males Challenge, go to her right here.  

If you need to learn the newest from Tom Mattlack, you’ll be able to see his work on right here.

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