A system men built is destroying them

My grandfather is traditionally masculine in most senses of the word: He was a soldier, then a bait-shop owner, then a garbage collector; he rose before dawn most days of his life and I never heard him complain about it. He raised six good kids, he tells funny one-liners, he's an expert fisherman. He once refused over-the-counter pain medication even while at death's door.

I've been thinking about him lately, for reasons I'll get to in a bit.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on January 20, 2019, with the headline 'A system men built is destroying them'. Print Edition | Subscribe