It's been a while since we've talked. I hope you've been doing well. I've missed you, men.
I'm writing to give you a heads up. Something's happening. Something that we haven't seen in America for most of our lifetimes. In fact, it was 78 years (and change) ago, so most of us don't have much of a frame of reference for this. 78 years ago, on December 7th, 1941, the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, and America entered World War II. The world changed in a flash. It was one of those events that altered our day to day lives overnight.
We were on a path, one that was familiar and sure, and then it was gone, and we had to reset. Overnight. And you know what, we did it. We adapted. We adjusted. We changed to a new path and dug deep. We found our courage, we found a way to become new people. A focused people. A generous, powerful, people. We became the world's production engine, with factories filled by men and women willing to step up and do what the world needed.
We were on a path, one that was familiar and sure, and then it was gone, and we had to reset. Overnight. And you know what, we did it.
And us? As a group? We became men.
Man, that was a great era for us. Yeah, sure, we had to kill a bunch of bad guys, but I mean... the uniforms were pretty sweet. The dames at the USO dances were... wow. Getting to shoot machine guns and blow stuff up didn't suck. We got unlimited cigarettes, nobody complained if we wanted to have a drink after a long day at work or a firefight in Tunisia, and a fist-fight to settle arguments wasn't that big of a deal.
But mostly, it was a great era because the world needed men to be men. We were called back to our natural role. The world needed warriors to battle against the forces of chaos, to hold the line and prevent humankind from sliding into the abyss of Socialism and Communism. The world needed weapons, bombs, tanks, planes, it needed powerful, terrible, destructive instruments to bring to bear. To help wipe evil from the earth. We became inventors. We became killers. We became liberators.
We were called to serve, they put rifles in our hands and put ribbons on our chests. They draped flags over our coffins.
And now, my friends, it is time again.
If you are a man, please hear my voice. Consider yourself on notice. Once again, as it has been in the past, the world is in trouble. It is your time to step forward and serve. The world is facing a new crisis, one that threatens to push humankind into the abyss. As of today, you are being called to Service. Not in some generic way. You're being called upon to be a man, and play your old role. To be strong, to be a protector, to be stoic, brave and confident. To act with surety. To lead your household. To be helpful and dedicated. To do your part and risk your life and fortune to protect those around you. To be a part of something larger than yourself, to throw your body into the breach.
If you are a man, please hear my voice. Consider yourself on notice. Once again, as it has been in the past, the world is in trouble. It is your time to step forward and serve.
It's been a while. For the last few decades, society forgot about us. They forgot they needed us. The world has had it that easy. We were asked to be gentle and passive. We were asked to mask our manhood. We were told it was toxic. The world wanted us to play a different part because they thought they didn't need men anymore. As of now, that era is over. From here on out, you're being called to serve as a man. Welcome back.
As the male leaders of a household, a family or a business, it is incumbent upon us to adopt the proper mindset. That means:
- Force your brain to realize that this is actually happening. We are facing truly unprecedented disruptions to our normal way of life, at least in the short term, but perhaps longer. Our lives are probably going to have to change for a while, and maybe forever. As America did during the Spanish Flu, The Great Depression, World War II... we've gone through a new filter... and yes, it's really been that long since an event of this magnitude, which is why you have to force your brain into the right mindset. Normalcy Bias is a high barrier to overcome. We don't live in the same world we did just a few weeks ago.
- At this point, we shouldn't be acting as if it MIGHT happen, we should behave as if it will happen. No, that doesn't mean that society will collapse and we'll be facing a zombie apocalypse, but localized and regional disruptions in food supplies, energy supplies, etc are wholly realistic.
- Prepare yourself for making firm, commanding decisions. Your family is going to be looking to you for leadership and protection. Be calm, listen to others, partner with your spouse and make clear decisions for your family. Be decisive. Exude confidence, even when you have doubts.
- Realize the government is there to protect the Country (or state, county, etc)... that doesn't mean they are there to protect you. Don't let your family become a refugee or statistic.
Nothing here means the role of women is lessened or less valuable than it has ever been. In fact, the world needs them as much or more than us. They are being called to service too.Let's speak and act for ourselves. And make no mistake, the world needs us to act.
What has worked in other countries to slow down COVID-19 is to shut down. Shut down shopping, shut down events, shut down travel, shut down workplaces.... and quarantine people in their homes. That prevents the spread, and that prevents people from dying. That is what we should expect to happen here. For several weeks at least, and then changes to social behavior (like wearing surgical masks in public and not shaking hands) after that, until there is a cure.
But you're not just being called to fight a pandemic. COVID-19 is just the pin that's popping the bubble. You're being called back to service because this is a two-wave disaster. The first wave is the disaster of a deadly disease. If we do not act, it threatens to kill millions of our friends, family, and neighbors. However, as bad as the viral pandemic will be, the next wave will be worse. The economic pandemic that follows threatens to be exponentially worse. Disruptions to the global supply chain have barely started to be felt. Warehouses that feed the grocery stores will start to run out of food by this week. Ships from China, haven't moved since January. The rest of the world is 40-50 days behind China, in the midst of shutting down. Most don't realize what the consequences will be. We need to. What's happening to the global economy right now has never happened before. Realize that. Never. The consequences will be nothing short of revolutionary change.
Guys, we are ready for this. More than ready. In Fact: We are the ideal human beings to be able to adapt to and thrive in this type of social and financial event. We're strong-willed, confident, intelligent, spiritual and moral men. Thousands of years and generations of knights and soldiers and fathers who came before us built the framework and personas we carry into the world every day. We're built for this. God wrote the script, our character description is pretty clear.
What's happening to the global economy right now has never happened before. Realize that. Never. The consequences will be nothing short of revolutionary change.
We're going to do just fine here. No, the world isn't going to end, but we're going through a significant season of change. Ready yourselves. Be prepared to protect and defend your family. After all, that's your job. And for once, the world's going to realize, they need us to unite, to be men... and play our role again.