For ages, societies debated on what defines a man. Should they be big and strong, able to wrestle bears in the mountains? Should he be gentle and handle a flower as delicately as he handles a sword? From these questions, it appears that one aspect of what defines a man has remained constant, and that is his capabilities and knowledge. From knowing how to hunt and spears to choosing the right men’s casual belts, what a man should know has changed over time.
How Men Have Changed
Typical depictions of ancestors showed men hunting large and dangerous prey. They carry their kills on their backs and bring it home to feed their families. When agriculture was invented agriculture, people started picturing men tilling and sowing fields, raising cattle, and reaping the harvests of hard labour. During times of conflict, people expected men to be the ones carrying weapons and running into battle.
In the 19th and 20th century, society expected men to have a job that provided a steady income. Having a regular occupation is still true today for men (and everyone else for that matter). However, current modern society now sees this requirement as the bare minimum. Everyone expects a man to have a well-paying job. How else can he be a functioning member of a community? However, there is more to life than just the everyday grind at work.
A man should be able to make money, but he should also be able to make friends. Social interaction is a vital skill today. No longer is the quiet, misunderstood, and angsty man cool or attractive. Everyone now loves a people person. Excellent social interactions can build strong political, economic, and military relations among nations.
Similarly, social interaction can foster both casual and formal relationships. Positive relationships such as friendships, regardless of with whom, plays a vital role in promoting good mental health and reducing stress. A study even found that men are more satisfied when they hang out with their bros.
There are numerous ways to build relationships. Send positive messages. Share experiences and personal details. Make time with good people. Have an interest in them. Celebrate the ups and grieve the lows with them. Every man can do these at a certain degree depending on the kind and level of the relationship.
Looking good is imperative. Gone are the days when society depicted men as unhygienic beings who put on baggy unwashed jeans and stained shirts. A man should look presentable. He should know his body type so he can wear what shirts fit his chest, shoulders, arms, and neck.
He should be able to choose what pants go with his hips, waist, and legs. Shoes are must-haves; they put the cherry on top, or in this case, the bottom. Smaller items, such as men’s casual belts, socks, and accessories are the icing and confectioneries that add more decoration and give a strong finish to the entire ensemble.
Appearance is, however, only the tip of the iceberg. A man should take care of his health. Exercise, invest in skincare, floss—these things can make a man look and feel like he is 25 years old when he turns 45.
The definition of a man has become broader over the years. The days of machismo, toxic masculinity, and patriarchy are withering away. Kindness, style, maturity, and integrity are just a few of the words that define a man, and each one can manifest differently in every man. However, by the end of the day, a true man is simply a good person.