The quest to lead a good life has led to philosophies, religions, cultures, and institutions with many different answers, all of which work in their times and places. Human civilization as a whole has been changing more rapidly over time, and is even changing the world itself at a faster rate.
What do you have to do today to be a good man? How is it different from being a good woman? How have these changed since you were a boy? Since your grandfather was a boy? What about seven generations before that? Or twenty? What do these changes mean for you?
What about halfway around the world from you: what does it mean to be a good man there? Can anyone say what aspects of “the good man” are universal to all humanity, and what are specific to a cultural time and place?
How do historical, traditional values for men support or contradict the conditions under which you live and make moral choices?
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