We can discuss racism and sexism ad nauseam. We can debate the finer points of classism and the challenges of fatherhood. We can stop watching porn long enough to question it’s potential damage to society.
We can debate the nature of goodness from every possible perspective, but at the end of the day, goodness isn’t measured in words, but in deeds. As Ralph W. Sockman said, “A man has no more character than he can command in a time of crisis.”
And this is a bonafide crisis.
The claim is that Hurricane Irene will be the worst to hit the Northeast coast of America in over 70 years. The last time a storm of this force touched down on Long Island in 1938, 800 lives were lost and $4 billion in damage was done.
Let’s not forget the lessons of Katrina. Advance preparation minimizes potential damage.
Good men step up in a crisis. So we’re putting the call out: if you’re in a coastal area, volunteer to put out sandbags. Check on your neighbors. Check on the elderly. Don’t wait to be asked; allow the pride and dignity of those who need assistance to remain in tact. Make sure the people under your watch have enough food and water to last for three days, flashlights, and a pre-packed emergency bag in case of evacuation.
Take care of anyone who might not be able to take care of themselves. And most importantly, stay calm. The essence of leadership is the ability to do the ordinary under extraordinary circumstances.
Those circumstances have presented themselves. Good men, it’s time to stop talking; go out there and BE GOOD.
Also: “There’s a Hurricane of Manliness A’Comin‘” by Aaron Gouveia
All weekend long, provided we have electricity and/or an Internet connection, we’ll be posting photos and stories from the Good Men Project community during Hurricane Irene. Send your stories and your photos to firstname.lastname@example.org. And, please, be safe.