Cesar Milan writes about the “7 Habits of Highly Successful Dog Owners” – but he opens with a really interesting paragraph.
Take a close look at the behavior of any successful pack leader, and you can’t help seeing it mirrored in the behavior of successful people from all walks of life. It’s probably not a coincidence then that as I’ve practiced what I’ve preached to dog owners over the years, I’ve seen improvements in other areas of my life, too. Here are the pack-leading tactics that have helped me most— not just with my dogs but as a husband, a father, and a man. (emphasis mine)
That last part – especially the last three words “…and a man” – struck me. It shouldn’t have, but quality male role models who understand that they have a unique role to fill in the lives of their families and communities is rare. At least, this kind of expression of recognizing that manhood has a value in society is rare. It shouldn’t be.