There are a number of qualities that a man embodies: humility, honour, service and strength (of character at least as much as of body).
There are ages of consent or birthdays that bring voting rights or a date when we can legally drink alcohol.
But there is no firm age when a boy becomes a man.
There are males in their 40s or 50s or 60s who still display all the hallmarks of boys.
And there are 16-year-olds out there who are already men in every way.
What is it that marks the boundary behind boyhood and manhood?
I don’t know if that’s possible to answer in any convincing way. It feels like it’s different for everyone.
But I do that the world needs men now, of all ages.
Movements like #MeToo in recent years, and much broader and beyond that, the growth of feminism over several decades, reveal something about the self-centred, ego-driven, ego-enriching and pleasure-seeking qualities of those who had been masquerading as men.
Attempts to embody the qualities of a man is laden with challenges and pitfalls and temptations, but there is honour in the attempt, and sufficient attempt can lead us to success.
As individuals, men — adult males — need to fully embody our masculine qualities.
The groups of which we are a part — family groups, local communities, wider societies and the world — need us to fully embody our masculine qualities too.
The ascent from boy to man can happen in just one day, and when it does, there’s no going back.
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