Week 15: Be an Agent
A true man is confident, well spoken and knows what he is talking about. He is an agent, a force with the capacity to act in the world. He takes action, whether by word or deed, to shape his world. Oftentimes, men in modern society are trained to reduce their agency. We are conditioned to back down, to soften their stance, (particularly if some privileged class could be offended) We are taught that conflict is bad and we should avoid it at all costs.
Conflict is necessary.
Without conflict, or decisive action, nothing of consequence would ever get done. Without men who embrace conflict, like Churchill, Chamberlain would have surrendered the entirety of Europe to the Third Reich. Our world is built by men who take action. The bottom line is that at the end of the day, if you fear conflict, if you fear action, you are not an agent, but an object to be manipulated by those with the strength to take action. Which are you?
Challenge: Next time you are faced with a challenge, particularly when someone challenges you on a fact or opinion, stand your ground. Stand for yourself and your positions.
Note: Don't be a f@cktard and get fired over this. Be an effective agent.