A man must go on a quest
To discover the sacred fire
In the sanctuary of his own belly
To ignite the flame in his heart
To fuel the blaze in the hearth
To rekindle his ardour for the earth
At a recent scientific symposium in Brisbane highlighting research into Men’s Health and prostate cancer, some universal questions were asked,
“Why don’t men look after their health better”?
“Why must men appear to be invincible, invulnerable, stoic, never wrong and always-in-charge?”
“Why do men give the impression they have their heads in the sand concerning questions related to their health?”.
These questions are not just directed at older men. More than 40 percent of men over the age of 40 suffer serious health problems, including heart disease, stroke and cancer.
These are valid questions and the answers can’t easily be found by relating them to the present. For solutions, we have to draw a long bow, back about two million years. We have to discover what events ignited this resistant, patronising and potentially dangerous behaviour, and in the process, reveal why it has persisted right up until modern times.