“The man must be so much that he must make all circumstances indifferent. Every true man is a cause, a country, and an age.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote this. I’ve read it in his story Self Reliance. Yet, it wasn’t until a young student of mine recently quoted it in the context of a period in her life when she had to “Man Up”, that I full understood it’s power.
How wonderfully centered must we be to be indifferent to all external circumstances? To be so strong that you, yourself, is representative of a cause, country (read Nation!) and an age. I firmly believe that this is the start of the age of Manning Up.