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    Post Re: What makes a gentleman, a gentleman ?

    Quote Originally Posted by old aryan
    My goodness, who is this man -- Al Gore?
    Haha. I know a couple guys like Sigrun described (not old politicians, though! ) I'm lucky enough to have one of them as my boyfriend. (I would not settle for any less than a true gentleman! )

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    Post Re: What makes a gentleman, a gentleman ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Adélaïde
    Haha. I know a couple guys like Sigrun described (not old politicians, though! ) I'm lucky enough to have one of them as my boyfriend. (I would not settle for any less than a true gentleman! )
    What? Adelaide I'm not your boyfriend, you're being delusional!

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    Post Re: What makes a gentleman, a gentleman ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Pushkin
    What? Adelaide I'm not your boyfriend, you're being delusional!
    No, I'd say he's more of a gentleman than you... And he's not a woman-hater, either!

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    Post Re: What makes a gentleman, a gentleman ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Adélaïde
    No, I'd say he's more of a gentleman than you... And he's not a woman-hater, either!

    Look, I told you you are too young for me. Now get over me. I'm not your boyfriend.
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    Post Re: What makes a gentleman, a gentleman ?

    Quote Originally Posted by cosmocreator
    Look, I told you you are too young for me. Now get over me. I'm not your boyfriend.
    I wasn't referring to you OR Pushkin! Stop being so self-assured, and, oh yeah, GET OVER YOURSELF!

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    Post Re: What makes a gentleman, a gentleman ?

    Off-hand the traits of a ''Gentleman'' to me are:

    1. Honesty
    2. Loyalty
    3. Nobility
    4. A strong pride in his land and people
    5. Good manners of course!

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    Post The Extinction of the Gentleman

    What do you all think about the decline of the chivalry in contemporary society.

    Was it inevitable? Has the gentleman's code of honour, morality and civility ceased to be relevant in the modern age?

    Sadly, the word gentleman has become a parody of its former self and is now largely devoid of any true meaning. Nowadays, it is liberally misapplied to even the worst scroundrel, ruffian, degenerate and assorted low-life. Gone are the days when the word gentleman described a man of good character, good breeding, good manners, and good morals.

    The last time I encountered a true gentleman was in Paris three years ago. He was a most distinguished elderly man who held a door open for my wife. When she thanked him for his gallant gesture he responded with the outmoded words: "à votre service". He spoke them with such conviction and tender devotion for the fair sex that it left me in a state of awe. Regretably, chivalry is dead where I currently reside and my own natural tendencies to be nice and polite are often wasted or exploited by pushy, grubby degenerates and urban savages alike.

    Can there be a revival of chivalry? Hard to say... if radical feminism can die out at a faster rate anything is possible. But then there are other factors like the media and governmental bodies which have also served to undermine the traditional role and importance of chivalry in Western Civilization.

    But then again, perhaps chivalry is its own worst enemy. Chivalry has two weak points: 1) it is self-destructive because of its predilection for things like dying honourably rather than surving another day in the skin of a rapscallion; 2) because it is an code of conduct which is transmitted by example and not from the dictates of the written word, chivalry is extremely vulnerable to distortions, omissions, misappropriation, neglect or even outright abandonment -- largely due to societal change.

    I would like to delve deeper into the matter, but first I'd like to know what others think first...

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    Post Re: The extinction of the Gentleman

    I don't think the Gentleman has become extinct. I can promise you that they're still around. Recently I've met a fine perfect gentleman and so they're still out there. IMO a gentleman's behaviour is what comes from within. I can agree that chivalry and politeness has been eroded from many people, maybe it's damage caused by influence from the media? I know it sounds cliche but I think Hollywood and various institutions, e.i. universities and movements are to blame for all this change in society and how people think and act.
    (It doesn't matter how old the song is, I won't stop liking it).

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    Post Re: The extinction of the Gentleman

    Hmmm... just as I suspected: the gentleman is an endangered species even here amongst the self-styled preservationists.

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    Post Re: The extinction of the Gentleman

    Quote Originally Posted by Gentilis
    Hmmm... just as I suspected: the gentleman is an endangered species even here amongst the self-styled preservationists.
    The ideal of the gentleman was the successor to the ideal of the warrior-prince, it did not appear ex nihilio. We have to progress through the cycle again to get that far.
    All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream at night, in the dusky recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity. But the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams, with open eyes, to make it possible.

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