The simple truth.
The respect society gives to men, in general, is regulated and set by two factors:
- Society’s beliefs about men and what they deserve.
- What men have been conditioned to expect, and what they willingly endure.
The second factor, what men expect and tolerate, adjusts with and is set by the first factor, which makes the first factor ultimately the determinant factor.
How it was.
Men have historically been understood to be superior to women and children in Patriarchal societies. This unquestioned belief in male superiority, kept those societies Patriarchal and wanting all male leadership for everyone’s benefit.
How it works.
Beliefs regarding the sexes relative superiority and inferiority leads to society becoming correspondingly Patriarchal, Egalitarian, or Matriarchal.
What went wrong.
It was the gradual introduction of the belief in equality of the sexes that led women to clamor for men’s rights, for men’s positions, and to despise men’s dominion over them. Furthermore it was the belief in equality of the sexes that led men to give women the rights held by men, to allow women to take men’s former positions, and to share responsibilities, like voting, that belonged to men. The false notion that men and women were created equal, even interchangeable, has made our families fall into chaos. You can’t have a democracy of two. In marriage, equality is a recipe for conflict.
What must change.
Any intended return to a society that respects male dominated leadership and respects men in general, must be preceded by a societal return to the belief in male superiority. That belief is necessary to put back into effect and keep in effect the desired change in civil society. If men are not believed to be superior, then male dominated leadership is considered corrupt, arrogant, usurping, and missing half of the best talent. Every Patriarchal society is of necessity built on the foundational truth that men are superior, and are therefore deserving of the superior role, and superior regard. The ancients clearly knew that men were superior. Aristotle states, “as regards the sexes, the male is by nature superior and the female inferior, the male ruler and the female subject”. Once upon a time the church unanimously believed that men were created first, and only men were created in the image of God. Men were therefore known to be superior, known to be due greater respect, and expected to rule over women. Men must reclaim their superiority, the image of God, and the divine right to rule that comes with it.