By Stefan Aarnio
Is it just my imagination or is man becoming an endangered species? Oh, I’m not talking about the anatomical male gender. I’m talking about masculine men. You know, the stuff cowboys are made of. Why is it that we have to watch old western movies to see role models of men opening doors for ladies, tipping their hats beautiful belles, or risking a fight to the death to defend their woman’s honor?
I confess, I’m unashamedly male, comfortable in my masculinity and I have little patience for males who flee to crying zones on college campuses when someone hurts their feelings. In my newest book, “Hard Times Create Strong Men,” I chronicle millenniums of history but realizing how tight time is on college campuses these days, I’ll sum up the history of mankind in a 10-second quote:
“Hard times create strong men, Strong men create good times, Good times create weak men, Weak men create hard times.”
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Meanwhile, here are some questions to ponder, most of which is addressed in my book, “Hard Times Create Strong Men.”
25 Questions to Help Determine if Men are Becoming an Endangered Species?
- Why are men so afraid to be men?
- What is the difference between being feminine and being a feminist?
- What were the goals of feminism, how many of them have been achieved, and what has been its outcome for the beloved women of our planet?
- What is the expanded version of the 10-second quote: “Hard times create strong men, Strong men create good times, Good times create weak men, and Weak men create hard times” as put into the context of historical cycles?
- Who were some of strong men in history?
- A popular buzz phrase these days is ‘toxic masculinity.’ Isn’t advocating traditional masculinity bucking the trend?
- From a temperament perspective, do you view President Trump as a strong or weak man and why?
- What is Zeitgeist and does Trump embody it?
- Who are the strong men in business? (Mark Zuckerberg? Elon Musk? Jeff Bezos?)
- Man is defined by his work. Is that an oversimplification of who a man is?
- Who is Stefan Aarnio? (besides a self-made multi-millionaire before 30 and 6 foot 4 inches tall and quite thin)
- Why did you fast in the rain forest of Costa Rica and do you suggest others fast?
- In seeking spiritual truth, what did you discover during your recent 40-day fast?
- How can a man or a woman balance virtue and vice?
- Historically, the term “Strong Man” has not always that complimentary, has it? Why do you use it?
- Strength is often measured by muscle and machismo but is there more to manhood than this?
- You like to quote Will Durant who said: “A nation is born a stoic and dies an epicurean.” How does that apply to our modern culture and where does the United States stand in its historical cycle?
- Back to philosophy, but not yours, this is a quote by Ayn Rand.. “A Creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others.” Agree or disagree and what does this mean?
- Zeitgeist: The defining spirit or mood of a particular period of history as shown by the ideas and beliefs of the time. What is the current defining spirit of this dot in space called earth?
- You’ve told us a lot about what men want, but what do women want and need?
- Is it possible to pursue manly goals, marry a woman, and have children, without abandoning the goals we have set out to do as men?
- And let’s say we hit it off with a woman and we want to tie the knot. What power shifts should we expect as we transition from single cave man into monogamous middleclass morality?
- Chapter 30 of your book, “Hard Times Create Strong Men” is titled “Extinction: The obsolescence of man.” What does this end look like?
- In the book, you wrote: “The greatest generation, the World War II generation, was born in the 1920s. By the time they were 10 years old, they were living in the Great Depression, a hard time that created strong men. After the Depression, these strong men fought in Europe in the 1940s, storming the beaches of Normandy. Wounded or not, they returned home to build a house with their bare hands, have several children, raise a family, and work at a job they may or may not have loved for 40 years until retirement.” Are we ever returning back to those days?
- How can men reverse the trend in becoming an endangered species?
ABOUT STEFAN AARNIO:
Stefan Aarnio is an award-winning real estate investor, award-winning serial entrepreneur, motivational coach, educator and author of multiple books including his latest, “Hard Times Create Strong Men”.
Having built his fortune through purchasing real estate at 40-60 cents on the dollar, Stefan became an avid student of negotiation at a young age testing and learning the principles in this book first-hand in the real world. On a day-to-day basis, Stefan is the CEO of two multi-million-dollar companies and travels the world educating business people and entrepreneurs to bring forward the next generation of success.
Currently, Stefan is on Talk Show encouraging men to be men and debunking so-called ‘toxic masculinity.’ His clarion call is for men to make a mass exodus from the crying zones on college campuses into inject themselves into the real world to showcase and celebrate their masculinity.