The Evolution of the Notion of Man from Julius Caesar to the Modern Man

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What does society think of when they look at “The man” today? Some may say that they are how they have always been and will continue to be “a man;” but, what is a man? Is it just the human male or is it the action he preforms that deems the title “man”? Today people see the male as a sex driven, lazy slob whose only goal in life is to get in with the cool group no matter the cost. Is this the worst, or is the male slowly becoming a wasted frat boy who can’t control himself? If one looks back to the time of Julius Caesar, are the men more noble, responsible and valiant? In todays society, men are selfish, lazy, arrogant, slobs who are no more useful than a one legged man in a butt-kicking contest as opposed to the noble men of ancient Rome.

The word “noble,” in the eyes of society today, is having or showing qualities that people admire such as honesty, integrity, and generosity. This sounds like a person one could respect and is a man that was commonly found on the streets of ancient Rome. If you look at Julius Caesar for example, you see a man that was patriotic and really loved him country. Caesar was a son, nephew, husband and a successful politician and military leader stopping at nothing to defend his country, family and honor.

Today, it is seen that some men still uphold these desirable qualities and that is great; however, the majority of men are lazy. That word has come up multiple times already but what does it mean? Men are lazy in the sense that they do not try. From a young age it seems that academically men just don’t care. It is one thing to be physically unable to read and write but it another thing to not even try learning these valuable abilities. Throughout the rest of ones years of education it is hard to c...

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...lity; but, that age is no more. The undependability of the modern man is quite frightening and, quite frankly, embarrassing. Men have always been the macho dudes who would save the day. They were the fabled fairy tale knights that were always willing to stand up for what was right and never want to be caught snoozing. This is what society needs to find and get back. Hopefully the world can one day remember the men of Rome and follow in their footsteps once again.

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