30 DAYS TO BE A BETTER MAN: (29) CONQUER A FEAR

ROTTERDAM – Dear readers, we’re out our last challenge today. Day 30 is a reward for my hard work in the form of a shave. So, let’s get started: Fear can be a good thing.  It’s a biological instinct that prevents us from doing stupid things that might kill us. Unfortunately, fear is not always rational […]

30 DAYS TO BE A BETTER MAN: (28) WRITE A LOVE LETTER

ROTTERDAM – Love letters, according to the Art of Manliness, are the “purview of men”. As an expression of love through the means of writing utensils, the love letter is the instrument of the Modern Man: It’s not always easy to express our feelings to our significant others. We’d rather show our love through actions. […]

30 DAYS TO BE A BETTER MAN: (26) TAKE THE MARINE CORPS FITNESS TEST

ROTTERDAM – Talk about bad timing. I fucked up my back last week, and now they want me to do the Marine Corps Fitness Test. Rest assured, I will do it (eventually) when I don’t have to bend through my knees to pick something off the ground. Anyways, I was wondering when this would come along. […]

30 DAYS TO BE A BETTER MAN: (25) START A DEBT REDUCTION PLAN

ROTTERDAM – The world is, at the writing of this post, 60,907,468,463,029 USD in debt. That’s 54,679,497,090,278,89 EUR. An interesting question is who we are indebted to, then. These figures, however, include national and international debt, which is not what we’re about today.  Personal debt is becoming an increasing problem in some countries. Mortgage payments that cripple you […]

30 DAYS TO BE A BETTER MAN: (24) PLAY!

ROTTERDAM – Today, we will be exploring the boyhood in masculinity. As the modern reinterpretation of manliness is more dynamic and diverse than, let’s say, a 50s gender definition of masculinity, there is place for playfulness. When you think fondly about your boyhood days, you probably think about the time you spent playing. While we […]

30 DAYS TO BE A BETTER MAN: (23) LEARN A MANUAL SKILL

TILBURG – As a preemtive warning, this’ll be a slightly longer read than usual. One of the consequences of the industrial revolution and machinisation of our economies is the gradual decrease of importance and prevalence of what we consider to be “authentic” craftsmanships: the miller, the baker, the furniture maker, the butcher, the mechanic. Granted, […]