I Would Like To Propose A Change, I No Longer Want to “Man up”, I Would Rather “Human Up”
This just popped up on my dashboard and while I like the idea of positive thinking and toughness, I don’t like the idea of the exclusionary nature of the phrase and would like to instead substitute it with “Human Up!”
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I don’t have a huge problem with this slogan or the shirt per say, but I think its time we started thinking about phrases and sayings like this in a less exclusionary manner and come up with something that is more encompassing of the human spirit as a whole and doesn’t just focus on the idea of the male being the ones that are looked up to as being the paragons of toughness and strength.
Right now we see humans of all stripe coming together in the Olympics and showing just how far they can push themselves to achieve physical greatness and compete at a level that 99% will never understand. These humans have dedicated their entire lives, 24 hours a day 365 days a year to reaching the absolute pinnacle of human toughness and strength. We see these athletes turning their bodies into the most finely tuned machines the world has ever known! And they are doing this as humans, not as man or woman, but as humans.
The athletes of the Olympics are taking the idea of manning up and turning it on its ear as women athletes are competing each year at a level that is equal to what male athletes are doing and in some cases surpassing them.
The field of play is becoming more and more level with each passing year and it is no longer fair in my estimation to say things like man up cause frankly men no longer hold a exclusive reign on being the strongest and toughest of the species.
I say its time we recognize the paradigm shift and being to rethink the way we speak and think and feel accordingly and throw away the old words and make way for the new.
So I say, human up. I say be the greatest strongest example of the species you can be. Be the smartest, toughest, most headstrong, persistent human you can be, not for the sake of being a man or a woman, but for being a human and being the best.