Despite current public opinion, chivalry isn't in fact dead. Yes, it may not be quite as popular as it had been, but here at Sir Wylde, we actually believe that it's on the resurgence.
So, what exactly does it mean to be chivalrous? According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, chivalry is "the system of values (such as loyalty and honor) that knights in the Middle Ages were expected to follow" and also "an honorable and polite way of behaving especially toward women". Today, we may simply call it politeness, but I believe it goes much deeper than just our outward actions.
Although manners and polite actions are surely better than snobbery, I believe that a truly chivalrous man would make the right actions due to his inward belief and conviction not just according to the expectations around him. He would act good not because others expected him to act good, but because he was actually a good person. Also, he wouldn't necessarily act just according to the cultural expectations at the time, but according to his own personal beliefs.
Frank Sinatra (who are Ol' Blue Eyes necktie is named after) says the following powerfully:
"I may sound old-fashioned, but I want to think all women should be treated like I want my wife, daughters, and granddaughters to be treated. I notice today that good manners—like standing up when a woman enters the room, helping a woman with her coat, letting her enter an elevator first, taking her arm to cross the street—are sometimes considered unnecessary or a throwback. These are habits I could never break, nor would I want to. I realize today a lot more women are taking care of themselves than in the past, but no woman is offended by politeness."
Ask yourself, are you a man with manners? Are you a man who thinks of others before himself? Not only do you act chivalrous when others expect you to, but is that really who you are as a person?
Many would argue that chivalry is old fashioned, but for us, it is still very much in style.
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