“Kill the boy and let the man be born” — what we can learn from Game of Thrones’ Jon Snow and Maester Aemon


In one of the most thought-provoking exchanges in the latest series of Game of Thrones, Maester Aemon advises Jon Snow, the newly minted Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch to make the tough decisions necessary for command.

‘Kill the boy and let the man be born.’

The advice has overtones from the Bible. ‘When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.’

It’s something that men could learn a lot from, particularly in regards to their dress sense.

It’s astonishing how many men in their 20s, 30s and even in their 40s, still wear similar clothes to the clothes they wore as boys at school and at university.

They’ll be wearing sneakers and t-shirts and hoodies. This is absolutely fine as a kid but not as a grown man.

It’s time to grow up.

It’s time to dress like a man and not as an oversized boy.

Look at Don Draper. There’s no mistaking him for a boy. It isn’t just suits. He even wears casual like a grown up too.

Look at Steve McQueen. Dresses like a man.

‘Kill the boy and let the man be born.’

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