After feeding his hunger for a vast array of life's subjects, including inspirational, spiritual, religious and metaphysical, Greg Middleton began incorporating his viewpoints and opinions within his notes, taken from what he was reading. From these notes, ideas and thoughts, stemmed into a venture in writing, including In Search of the Soul, Pearls of Wisdom and Real Men: "What's Happening to Our Males?".
Recently Mr. Middleton was kind enough to take the time to answer a few questions for me. I found this to be an eye-opening and insightful interview.
First of all, could you tell us a bit about Real Men? What is the story about, who are the characters, etc?
This book addresses a very serious social issue. Basically life has changed drastically regarding the gender roles. Most men (males) have not made the proper adjustments to what life has imposed upon us. Males, in general, need to re-define their roles to reflect the new freedoms and opportunities females are experiencing. Statistics show that females are doing better in many aspects of life, while males are declining.
Women are getting better educations, while men are declining in that area. Women are getting better trained for the new job markets, while men are declining. Men are going to jail or prison about 11 times more than women. If we do not turn some of these statistics around it will be devastating in the years to come. Our young males are already showing the effects of this problem. This is what I address in this book about Real Men. Do you have a favorite excerpt from Real Men? Could you share that with us, please?
Here is a taste of the first chapter that may give you a sense of what the book discusses:
“There is no question that males have dominated the human race since the beginning of time. Yes, this has been a man's world with women as a secondary partner. Things have never been equal for both sexes in terms of rights, power, or privileges. It is fairly obvious that males and females were either designed or created differently by way of purpose and intent. It is also as obvious that there were other factors at hand that determined the distribution of power between the sexes. We clearly see that the average human male was given superior brute physical strength over his female counterpart, but was that power intended to be used to overpower females against their will?
One could argue that Mother Nature (God or a superior power) rarely makes mistakes regarding her plans and intent, because things tend to work in a manner in which they were naturally designed to operate. If we believe males were built to dominate — that is what has indeed unfolded over the years. No one would argue the point that males were created or designed larger by accident. All things in life tend to serve a definite purpose. The fact that the average male is notably larger than the average female reveals a purpose within itself. No one had to tell the first males to go out and start hunting and gathering food. That instinct was built within the primary design. Likewise, no one has to tell a bird to fly or a fish to swim. That ability is built within them.
What do you want readers to take away from reading Real Men?