What does it mean to be a man, what should a man be, how he should live, and who are the models he should aspire to? These are the questions explored and explained in William J. Bennet’s “The Book of Man”(2011). The following is one of the lighter-hearted though practical passages you may enjoy as we wind down 2013.
Things to Tell Your Children or Grandchildren
The following collection of rules are adapted from 50 Rules Kids Won’t Learn in School by Charles Sykes, modern American writer and radio commentator and author of Dumbing Down Our Kids: Why American Children Feel Good about Themselves but Can’t Read Write, or Add.
These rules are practical guidelines for how a man should approach life and deal with those around him.
Rule 1: Life is not fair — get used to it!
Rule 2: The world won’t care about your self-esteem. The world will expect you to accomplish something before you feel good about yourself.
Rule 3: You will not make $60,000 a year right out of high school. You won’t be a vice president with a car phone until you earn both.
Rule 4: If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss.
Rule 5: Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your grandparents had a different word for burger flipping. They called it opportunity.
Rule 6: If you mess up, it’s not your parents’ fault, so don’t whine about your mistakes, learn from them.
Rule 7: Before you were born, your parents weren’t as boring as they are now. They got that way from paying your bills, cleaning your clothes, and listening to you talk about how cool you thought you were. So, before you save the rain forest from the parasites of your parents’ generation, try delousing the closet in your own room.
Rule 8: Your school may have done away with winners and losers, but life has not. In some schools they have abolished failing grades and they’ll give you as many times as you want to get the right answer. This doesn’t bear the slightest resemblance to anything in real life.
Rule 9: Life is not divided into semesters. You don’t get summers off and very few employers are interested in helping you find yourself. Do that on your own time.
Rule 10: Television is not real life. In real life people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs.
Rule 11: Be nice to nerds. Chances are you’ll end up working for one!
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