My representation of what I see as manliness in today’s generation is retired professional basketball player Shaquille O’Neal. Shaq is one of my all-time favorite players. Ever sense I was a young child that was the man I wanted to be. A three-hundred and forty pound, 7 foot tall monster of a man who absolutely dominated the court in his prime. Who had a goal in mind and achieved it. Even though I don’t play basketball anymore and I’m not 7 feet tall, I’ve come pretty close. Shaquille O’Neal Is considered one of the best centers in the NBA of all time. He was a dominating force everyone on the court knew to stay away from. In the athletic aspect of Shaquille O’Neal is what I admire so much because it what I yearn to on the football field one day. From an athletic aspect it is what I see as manliness but Shaq has so much more to him, now that he is retired he went back to school to finish his degrees which another big part of being a man intelligence. Intelligence in a man is important especially in the US. Intelligence is seen as a way to get ahead here to earn a better living hence why so many people enter college. Shaq understood that just living as a wealthy retired basketball player wasn’t what was important. What was important was his education. He understood that the life after athletics was more important than anything else. This what I have a great understanding for that as well. Shaq is also a hard worker even though he’s made millions of dollars he continues to stay active in the working force. He is now and commentator on ESPN. In the article by Strauss and Howe they describe the hero as “generation as tend to feel more attached to their fathers than their mothers, as the masculine energies of war and civic involvement are revived during a Crisis, and gender roles begin to widen. The Crisis provides Hero men with the chance to perform distinctly masculine feats of courage and prove their manliness.” I believe in a way the people of this generation do this with heroes in our lives whether they are writers, actors, professional athletes or even like they said our mom and dads. We hold up templates of them and try to sketch our lives in order to resemble theirs as much as possible. Because we see it as if it works for them we can follow that path and make it work too. We all have our own faults. I’m positive all my templates have made mistakes as well. But its our job as the new generation to learn from them, and day we could become some young child’s template.