Power of a good man: adult man's hand fist pumping a baby's hand

The power of a good man

I am utterly convinced that if we could somehow place a good man in every household crime would come to a grinding halt, our police force would become all but redundant and social services would never have to leave their offices.

A good man brings order, stability, structure, discipline, love, provision, security, identity. A good man imparts self esteem and values. A good man loves, cares and nurtures. A good man stands for what is right and fights for those he loves.

I am convinced that the epidemic of crime and social disintegration that we are facing as a nation is primarily the result of men not being men, men not fulfilling the role they were designed to fulfill. Men are the ones who rape, kill, abuse and abandon – and the men who do this are themselves wounded and hold deeply distorted views of what true masculinity is. These men come from a background where there is a vacuum of good male role models and have often seen or been the victim of abusive men. The only ones who can stop this ever increasing cycle of destruction are good men.

The reasons why men are failing so dismally are complex and numerous, but the fact is that if we can heal and restore men and mobilise them to be everything that men were designed to be, we will heal and restore families, communities, our country. There is no greater nation building imperative than the restoration of men.

Craig Wilkinson

Craig Wilkinson lives in Cape Town, South Africa with his wife Martinique and his two children Luke and Blythe. For the last 10 years Craig has worked in the Non Profit sector in the areas of experiential education, socio-economic development and the development of men and fathers. Prior to this he made his living as a consultant to the corporate sector in strategy and human resource development. An avid hiker, mountain biker and fitness buff Craig has a passion for the restoration of men to true masculinity and authentic fatherhood. He is the founder of Father a Nation (FAN), an NPO which restores and equips men to be great fathers. He believes that if we can heal men we can heal the world. Some of the work of FAN can be seen at www.fatheranation.co.za

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