Young Men Can Do Better
With the advent of the CCP virus and the subsequent lock-downs, now might be as good a time as any to address a glaring issue that is plaguing this country. Of course, this has been tough on everyone, but one group that we have continually seeing struggle for years now is young men. A lot of conservatives like to blame this issue on single parent households and wave their magic wand of marriage and monogamy over it and move on. I would say that this solution might work for some, but the issue is much deeper than that.
This is a systemic problem. Each generation of men is becoming less productive than the last, and the mountain to success is getting steeper with less room at the top. For that reason, young men not only have less role models, they have less role models they respect. Granted, as a society we have more than ever, but for many younger men it doesn’t seem worth it. The game seems rigged, and when you add all the trials of life, and a culture that seems intent on blaming them for everything, it’s no wonder that so many of them are looking to escape reality through video games, drugs, and even suicide.
So what’s to be done? Should every young man start watching Jordan Peterson and learn about taking responsibility and becoming a reliable person? Sure, that’s a good start, but we need to do more to understand that human beings need big, attainable goals and that as things stand, the human race is living in a fish bowl. In 1960 we were going to put a man on the moon. Nine years (and billions of dollars) later, we achieved that goal. In the words of John F Kennedy, “Not because it is easy, but because it is hard.” Look around today, and what are we doing? We are living in a version of Idiocracy. Instead of advancing civilization together, we are advancing our own self interest. We all need things we can hope for, and I don’t think another camera on a cell phone, or a new Star Wars Movie is going to make young men say to themselves “That’s what I’m going to be.”