In England, This Is What “Tough Guys” Look Like
In a number of ways, the origins of many contemporary problems can be attributed to the chronic condition from which most men suffer: a need to appear “tough”. We see it daily, big and small, and in an array of disciplines: a mans feels the need for attention, so he buys a loud car and drives it aggressively and ruins another person’s day. A man wishes to appear as powerful a president as his father, so he starts two wars. A man wants to justify his belief that power through physical force is rational, so he creates an international relations theory brazenly dubbed “realism” to support it.
The English, whose empire was founded on the desires of many manly men, seem to take a tongue-in-cheek approach to “toughness” today, as seen in their annual Tough Guy Challenge. Thousands–men and women alike–took part in this year’s 200-part obstacle course that featured freezing mud, barbed wire and of course fire pits. But don’t worry, this time “toughness” is not used to conquer nations or self-promotion; it’s for charity. Check out more photos of the event at The Atlantic.