In one of our readings, “The Generations of Men: How the Cycles of History Shape Your Values, Your Idea of Manhood, and Your Future”, Brett and Kate McKay talk about the four cycles a generation goes through also known as the Strauss-Howe Generation Theory. The theory states “that the generations of history change in a regular cycle, just like the seasons of the year. These cycles are: Prophet, Nomad, Hero and Artist. Every 20 years generations move up the age ladder and the culture changes (McKays).
There are some generations they are either raised in a nurturing family and there are some that were not (McKays). According to the McKays, “there are three types of groups in a generation: those who set the tone for the generation, those who follow the tone-setters lead, and those who rebel against the generational mood altogether.” When it comes down to manliness in America, some men get ideas about manhood from their grandfather’s generation. The Millennial man wants to live a simple life. This mean that they are responsible, want to do the right thing, and get the job done (McKays).
People who were born between the years 1984-2004 are considered the new hero generation. Some have questioned what man represents manliness for my generation. Who will step up and set an example for what a man in America should be like? There is one person that comes to mind that has a hero trait for this generation. I have known this guy since 9th grade. His name is Stevin Coleman. Throughout our years at Davis Aerospace he has always displayed heroic characteristics. He was always in content. Never heard any negative thoughts about him. He was always taking care of business and never messed with anyone else’s. I see him as a leader. When he was in the Air Force J.R.O.T.C., he was the Commander of all of the student cadets. If someone were to slip up, he would have a talk with that person. When American enters the fourth turning, they’ll enter with a unique opportunity to achieve greatness as a people (Strauss and Howe). That uniqueness can help change America. I see that uniqueness in my friend Stevin Coleman. If there were more men like him, there would a lot more focused and determined men.
- McKay, B., & McKay, K. (2012, July 12). The Generations of Men: How the Cycles of History Shape Your Values, Your Idea of Manhood, and Your Future. The Art of Manliness. Retrieved July 30, 2014, from http://www.artofmanliness.com/2012/07/12/the-generations-of-men-how-the-cycles-of-history-have-shaped-your-values-your-place-in-the-world-and-your-idea-of-manhood/
- Strauss, W., & Howe, N. (1997). The fourth turning: an American prophecy. New York: Broadway Books.