What are middle-aged men good at? Part 2
Mother Nature intended for middle-aged men to be good at being fathers (to their now older children) and grandfathers.
“Lion o’ the Turambar” (whose pseudonym, I think, is a Tolkien reference) said that “Coaches, boy scout troop leaders, church ushers, Kiwanis, and volunteer mentors are almost always middle aged men.” These are examples of middle-aged men using their paternal skills for the good of the community.
Unfortunately, none of this stuff is very valuable in the corporate world. Nor useful for men who never had children and therefore never developed their paternal skills. And furthermore, Betty Friedan taught us that happiness comes from a self-actualizing career, and not from the parent and grandparent stuff.
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Would you all like Betty Friedan a lot more if you knew that she is accused of being racist, classist, and homophobic?