The phenomenal decline of men in recent years has been well documented and can be seen in almost every sphere of life. Brooks briefly reviews a book by Hannah Rosin called The End of Men and agrees with her conclusion: that men are not as good as women at adapting to the socioeconomic changes happening in our times. Women are simply thriving in the new economy and under the new social rules while men are clinging to old mores that seem to no longer be valid.
The answer, Brooks and Rosin say, is for men to be more adaptive. In what I’ve discovered to be a typically brilliant turn of phrase from Brooks, he says that if Rosin is right in her assessment of the plight of men, then “men will have to be less like Achilles, imposing their will on the world, and more like Odysseus, the crafty, many-sided sojourner. They’ll have to acknowledge that they are strangers in a strange land.”
Personally, I’d say there is a lot more to the problems and solutions of men than simple adaptivity or lack thereof. The shortage of men with qualities like spiritual fortitude, character, integrity, honor, strength, confidence, and general christlikeness would have a lot to do with it as well–not to mention our culture’s tragic failure to teach men how to be men. Adaptivity may need to make its place in that list though.