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Discovering The New Man Project

Discovering The New Man Project

LaParada has been on quite a journey so far, though you have missed a part of the adventure. Months of travel and thousands of kilometers have worn this body down; and sadly this poor guy has had to view the comings and goings of The New Man from a distance. Nature and the discovery of new ways and means to meet and observe people have gotten me sick, and only just now am I returning to my fine self.

I wonder sometimes — with this illness happening as we entered the South — whether my view of the experiences of listening to and hearing about the men of this region has been biased. Are they still divided from the rest of the nation in regards to what the future holds for being a good new man? Have technology, diversity, and the struggles of economic challenges kept these folks away from the progress others are experiencing?

Right now I’m honestly note sure. All in all I would say yes these folks may have missed the ferry. The men (and women) of the south that I’ve seen and spoken to aren’t reacting so well to the idea that our masculine national identify is changing. They see instead an affront to their values, and they do indeed celebrate guns, religion and all kinds of historical affirmations of times gone by. The South is divided still by the past such that it has not yet seen how to embrace the making of The New Man.

Having said this: Don’t get me wrong. There are tell-tale signs of change taking root, albeit reluctant change. Wait a little longer for me to catch up with these stories and you might see a new Antebellum man on his improving homestead as well.


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