Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Is Chivalry Dead?

Chivalry, as defined by dictionary.com is the sum of the ideal qualifications of a knight, including courtesy, generosity, valor, and dexterity in arms.

Wikipedia defines chivalry as a term related to the medieval institution of knighthood. It is usually associated with ideals of knightly virtues, honor and courtly love.

I say that it is not dead, but it is on the verge of becoming extinct. On the whole, people are very receptive to acts of chivalry, such as doors being held open or letting someone into your lane when you see the other person's indicator on, but as an everyday act, I don't see many acts of chivalry happening.

When my wife and I go to a restaurant, I find out what she wants to eat and how she wants it, so when the waiter or waitress comes by to take our orders, I order for the both of us. Even more simply, I try to remember to pull out her chair and push it back in for her when we get to the table. I also try to help her off and on with her coat when she is wearing one.

I am very glad when I do see it, but I seldom see this happen any more. So I ask, is chivalry dead? Or is it just me not seeing it?

I think the reason chivalry is being extinct is split 50/50 between the sexes. Guys are too self absorbed to be thinking what they should do when dating or going out on a date with their wives. And gals are in a rush and are not willing to wait for the guy to do things and they also want to show their independence so they want to do things themselves.

Guys - if you are married and you want that spark back in your marriage that you had when you were dating and when you first got married, perform small acts of chivalry that you did when you were courting your wife. If you are single and don't have much of a social-life (and not because you want it that way), small acts of chivalry should improve your social-life dramatically.

Make someone's day and perform a random act of kindness. It could be as simple as a small act of chivalry.

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