Recreate Your Values.

The John Byrne Award is a library of creative work from 16-25 year olds across Scotland. Find out how to enter

The Fate Of Men

The Fate Of Men

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The Fate Of Men

Chloe Elvin

My entry is a drama, portraying an ex-soldier’s readjustment to civilian life. I considered what it is to be a man in society as I had read articles on the rise of mental health problems in young men and how there is a lack of support for this group. Asking for help is demonised and I thought about how this may be especially true of young men. I wanted to make a piece that would encourage the audience to question their own values and the role of empathy and compassion in their lives – What is it to be a man in today’s society? What is it to be strong? What do we, as a society value and how do we response to the ‘weak’ in society? There is a hopeful ending because I wanted to show that change is possible and people who have experienced hardship can realise their potential and should not be written off.

Society stigmatises the weakest and the most vulnerable. The unemployed are scroungers and those who need the state to help are lazy. We are afraid of expressing how we really feel and who we really are because of the fear of being exposed as weak. I feel that we spend so much of our lives trying to fit in and trying to make others happy that we sometimes lose a sense of ourselves. As a society we have to work at valuing each other and demonstrating kindness and humanity; not punishment and blame.

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