Age brings with it experience and the ability to read and understand situations as they unfold. Most of us in the Old Man Strength community made our way to this point by hard work, overcoming obstacles to our own progress and created an immediate world around us that is better by virtue of our involvement. When we work hard, and show grit and determination, and make clear what we stand for, and what we won’t stand for, and we overcome, our children and our young people see it. They emulate it, and society gets better. These were the values that our fathers and mothers taught us, and their parents taught them. In the words of Calvin Coolidge, “nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan Press On! Has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race”.
The Old Normal Worked Just Fine
The past ten years however has brought with it a certain requirement, increasing over time, for the inbuilt apology within civilised society. For second guessing, hand wringing, prevarication, self-doubt, and for a reduction in the confidence that the common man has when articulating his own feelings about the direction of our society. When we see something we don’t like, or that goes against our values, we are told we are no longer the barometer of what is right and what is wrong. We are told to acknowledge our fortunate position in the world, understand that things are changing, and to stay silent. And silent we have stayed as a silent majority of decent hard working and respectful people, while the world shifted, and morphed, and gently oozed towards the difficult, unsafe, fickle, minority dominated agendas that define the leadership models of most countries and which are causing a growing acceptance of a “new normal” where our families will be unsafe.
Those of us who have lived through some things reject a “new normal”. The old normal worked just fine. This is the time for showing strength and putting weakness behind us. It is time for society to admit that there is an unambiguous and enduring place for traditional values. There is an enduring place for knowing right from wrong, and for being unafraid to voice it. There is a role for experience, and in being considered an expert at life from having lived some of it rather than having read about it. And there is a place for pointing out that most of those encouraging soft approaches to hard subjects, and second guessing the security of our people, and shaming those who speak out, have lived safely in the bosom of either the State and their families and have seldom faced poverty, difficulty and the need to prioritise hard things over other hard things.
65,000 in our community and growing
We are not a political movement. What we are is a community of older men with shared values around what we want our society to look like, showing respect to those who deserve to receive it, and dealing swiftly with those who don’t. We stay strong because we know that at some point in our lives, we may need to call upon it to protect ourselves, our own or others. We live in the “old normal”, where things get called out for what they are – first responders, veterans, fighters, soldiers, and ordinary guys who have lived a life in years or in hardship. Individually, we are alone and we are part of a silent but righteous majority. Together, we comprise a brotherhood and a community of shared values. We are not wrong, we do not need to stay silent and our experience matters.
We hope the next few years brings with it a return to an understanding that common decency, respect, and hard work brings respect, success and protection, that these things do not fall from the sky as a passport provided right. For our part, our community of 65,000 stands strong, diverse, decent, hard-working and representative of our separate but common histories. We are strong, and older, and we have seen enough to not be afraid. If we stay true and enforce the values that made us who we are, society will follow. Represent and Stay old man strong.