THE FIFTH FACTOR The Revenge of the Forsaken Gods
How does a child become an adult? The transition from childhood to productive adulthood involves more than mere biological maturation and the passage of time. Children take their cues from the grown-ups they see around them. Girls look to women they know, as well as to the images they see on television, in magazines, in movies. Likewise, boys look to the men they see in their lives and in the media. In his memoir The Tender Bar,
author J. R. Moehringer describes how he found his community of men at a local bar, beginning long before he was old enough to buy a drink.12
The men at the bar were not all model citizens or great fathers or manly men. But collectively they provided Moehringer with ...