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 unique type of father than my father was capable of be for me and do every little thing I might to create a world the place males have been totally healed and related with their households all through their lives. I had not too long ago 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 applications centered 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 named The Good Males Undertaking. It was based by Tom Mattlack and launched in 2009.

“The Good Males Undertaking® 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 accumulate tales in regards to the defining moments in males’s lives. He found that the connecting concept between all of the tales of the boys Tom talked to was that there was a second when every man

“awakened, seemed within the mirror and stated ‘I assumed I knew what it meant to be a person. I assumed I knew what it meant to be good. And I notice that I don’t know both.’”

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

“We, as males, are in disaster,”

and affords the next startling realties about males’s lives right this moment:

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

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

Tom says,

“I speak to the titans of the business day by day who’re misplaced. A couple of months in the past the daddy of personal fairness, billionaire Tommy Lee, went to the workplace to shoot himself useless. Males of all ages, race, and sophistication are struggling. We’re 4 occasions extra prone 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 wrongdoer 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 Undertaking, and The Moonshot for Mankind

Lisa Hickey met Tom Mattack when he was starting to place his tales collectively for a e book. Lisa describes the encounter in my forthcoming e book, Lengthy Stay 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. Perhaps it’s out of your management. Or possibly 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 little thing modifications.

“For me, it began innocuously sufficient. I had been launched to Tom Matlack; we have been assembly for the primary time to debate a e book 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 palms, 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 e book was a set of ‘essays.’ My coronary heart sank. In my thoughts, essays have been boring, tutorial workouts. However a number of steps later he defined that they have been first-person tales held collectively by the truth that they have been all ‘defining moments’ in males’s lives. The second—Tom defined as we have been strolling—when a man awakened one morning, seemed within the mirror, and every little thing he knew about being a person—every little thing 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 not knew how one can operate as a civilian. ‘You understand,’ Tom stated, ‘these moments.’

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

“I went on to assist begin The Good Males Undertaking, one of many largest worldwide conversations about what it means to be an excellent man within the twenty-first century. The e book was revealed. A web site created on the cornerstone, an internet group that pulls tens of millions of individuals from across the globe each month. Tens of hundreds of writers. Stay storytelling occasions. Speaking to colleges, faculties, universities, organizations, and companies. Hundreds of reside cellphone calls with our group that occur virtually day by day of the week so that individuals can name in and really take part within the dialog.

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

“For some individuals, doing all that, having targets that huge, might get overwhelming. However for these of us right here at The Good Males Undertaking, it isn’t overwhelming. It’s merely one thing we do—we do it with teamwork, with compassion, with an understanding of programs 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 concept. The concept of sparking a dialog in regards to the altering roles of males. The concept of speaking in regards to the second {that a} man awakened, seemed within the mirror, and stated, ‘I assumed I knew what it meant to be good. I assumed I knew what it meant to be a person. I notice I didn’t know both.’

“I seemed up at Tom and stated, ‘I don’t know if I can promote 1,000,000 copies of the e book. However I can promote 1,000,000 individuals on that concept.’”

 The Moonshot for Mankind and Humanity          

Twenty years in the past I learn a analysis research 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 girls and their shortened well being and lifespan harmed the boys and their households.

They concluded with three highly effective statements:

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

There are clearly organic elements that favor girls in longevity, however there may be a lot we are able to do to assist males reside totally wholesome lives. In 2021 I invited quite a lot of colleagues who have 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 Undertaking from the start I knew Lisa and the good work she was doing. She accepted my invitation to affix us. Right here’s what Lisa recounted in Lengthy Stay Males!

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

She went on to say,

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

“There are some easy issues that may be executed. For instance, getting males to go to the physician as usually as girls, 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 take a look at charges of smoking, gun violence, and risk-taking in males versus girls and ask why.

“To grasp 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 realizing precisely how. We will do that too. My private mission assertion is ‘I prefer to create issues that seize the creativeness of most people and change into a part of the favored tradition for years to return.’”

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

If you want to learn the newest from Tom Mattlack, you may see his work on right here.

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