The terms vulnerability and masculinity might not initially seem to go hand-in-hand. Yet, vulnerability drives the most manly of men.
4 types of vulnerabilities are used to describe how communities are at-risk for disaster. Believe it or not, you can use these to characterize great men.
Physical vulnerability includes the difficulty in access to water resources, means of communications, hospitals, police stations, fire brigades, roads, bridges and exits of a building or/an area, in case of disasters.
Manhood is personified in those who leave behind safety. They venture into the wilderness where help and modern conveniences are far removed.
Leonardo DiCaprio won an Oscar for his portrayal of fur trapper Hugh Glass. The Revenant is based on a true story. A female bear attacks Hugh,”ripping his scalp, puncturing his throat and breaking his leg.” His companions, believing he’ll die, leave him behind in a shallow grave.
Hugh wakes from unconsciousness to find himself alone in the wildnerness. Enraged, he crawls somewhere between 80-200 miles to seek revenge. In the true story, Hugh finds the culprits, “but instead of wreaking violent revenge, he forgives them both.”
“Adventure, with all its requisite danger and wildness, is a deeply spiritual longing written into the soul of man.” John Eldredge
Economic vulnerability of a community can be assessed by determining how varied its sources of income are…
We celebrate the man who starts from scratch and succeeds through perseverance. Rags to riches stories personify manhood.
Since Oracle was the first stock I purchased as a teenager, we’ll focus on former CEO Larry Ellison. Born into poverty, Ellison contracted pneumonia as an infant. His mother gave him to his Aunt and Uncle because she was unable to care for him.
Ellison cofounded a software company which eventually became Oracle. “Today, Oracle has annual revenues of around $38 billion, and Ellison has an estimated net worth of $46.2 billion.”
“I have had all the disadvantages required for success.” Larry Ellison
A socially vulnerable community has weak family structures…one in which people are discriminated on racial, ethnic, linguistic or religious basis.
Men of legacy are those who overcame a social obstacle and etched their names in history, despite discrimination. Martin Luther King, Jr. fits this profile.
“When he was six years old, two white playmates told him that they were not allowed to play with him any longer. His mother explained to him that it was because they now attended segregated schools, but assured him that he was as good as anybody else.”
Martin was a Baptist preacher and based his peaceful protests and demonstrations on biblical scripture. He won the Noble Peace Prize in 1964. After his assassination, Congress passed the Civil Rights Act of 1968.
“I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the colour of their skin, but by the content of their character”.
A community which has negative attitude towards change…Their sources of livelihood do not have variety, lacks entrepreneurship…
Great innovators are known as great men. These are the ones who make positive change for everyone. I’ve always sought to be a Renaissance Man, and Leonardo da Vinci is a great role model.
While Leonardo da Vinci is most known for his paintings such as the Mona Lisa, “he was also a philosopher, engineer, and inventor.”
It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.”
While emotional vulnerability is not used as a measure to determine if a community is at-risk for disaster, a true man is comfortable in his own skin and emotions.
The hero’s journey demonstrates it’s not the alpha man, not the man who’s always #winning, nor the man who’s unfazed whom we admire. We respect the man who emerges; the man who has gone to hell and back and still conquers.
While they might not go down in history for great achievement, great men are those who face and conquer themselves.