The Demise of Guys

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Are you all tuned in to TED.com yet? Fascinating stuff. Their slogan is “Riveting talks by remarkable people, free to the world.” Authors, artists, entrepreneurs and the like are invited to share what they know with the world, and please make it brief. All talks are under 20 minutes, many just 5 minutes long, but each one is inspiring and thought provoking.

We watch one yesterday called “The Demise of Guys” by Phillip Zimbardo, a professor emeritus of psychology at Stanford. The talk is only 5 minutes long. Click here to watch it.

Scared yet? We were too. We got to talking about what we can do to protect our boys and help mold them into men. The Wii we were considering for Christmas is off the list now. The mindless games on our phones have all been deleted. (We kept the scrabble, the boggle, and the jumbline.) Maybe we’re overreacting, but we only have one shot at this raising boys business. Our turn will be over in just a few, short years.

We are in the process of getting a better computer (I know, it seems contradictory) with the idea that they must learn to use technology for better things, like creating (think graphic design, composing music, making movies) instead of just time-sucking games. Don’t worry, we’re not turning into no-fun allowed stoics. Moderation in all things. But I never want real life to seem boring to them. Real life is just too much fun.

The silver lining in all this is, if we do a good job and raise good boys, they will be that much ahead of the rest of the gang. They will have their pick of fabulous women to marry, exciting careers to pursue! Their would-be competition will be too busy nestled in their parent’s basement playing Warcraft!

But then we got to thinking, what about our girls?! If the demise of guys continues, who will they marry? Who will be their protectors, heroes and champions? And for the first time in a long time, I found myself praying mightily for my children’s future spouses, whoever they might be. Please tell me there are like minded mommies out there who are determined to raise productive, thoughtful boys and girls.

And if that person is you, let’s talk in about 15-20 years…

 

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