Is Chivalry Dead?
Now…it could be that the acts I am witnessing are staged.
But then, those acts of courtesy, acts of kindness and humility for those who have lost the will to take care of themselves are displayed every day. These are not just “pay it forward” kinds of acts, but impassioned, impromptu examples of humane expression that reinforce one’s hope in our re-establishment of cultural dignity.
The definition of common courtesy can be found in history books.
The root of the handshake , for example, can be traced back to a time when a person could approach another with an open hand extended in front of them, demonstrating that they held no weapons.In those days of old, there would be no thought of spreading disease from one person to another with a handshake, but the willingness to extend an open hand was a gesture of peace or friendship. Knights would greet each other with salutes by raising their visor (FASAB Fight Against Stupidity And Bureaucracy) to each other. Subordinates would often show salutation by removing their helmets, a custom which would eventually lead to today’s military salute as a sign of respect.
Chivalry was about a certain level of formality.
Warner Bros. Pictures, Published on May 13, 2015/Release Date: September 25, 2015
From the Writer/Director of IT’S COMPLICATED, THE HOLIDAY and SOMETHING’S GOTTA GIVE, THE INTERN starring Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway opens in theaters September 25th.
Warner Bros. released a movie called “The Intern“, starring: “Robert De Niro, Anne Hathaway, Anders Holm, Rene Russo, Andrew Rannells, Adam DeVine, Celia Weston, Nat Wolff, Linda Lavin, Zack Pearlman, Jason Orley, Christina Scherer.” It is the story about Ben Whittaker, a retired manager of a telephone book publishing company, who after the death of his wife, decides to take part in a startup outreach for senior citizens. In my eyes, it is this character, portrayed by Robert De Niro, who epitomizes what we would describe as a “knight in shining armor”. It is the demeanor of his character that embodies the portrayal of a person who not only has experienced life, but lived life to its fullest.
Perhaps our definitions of chivalry represent a return to ethics and values.
What we see and hear on television, in our offices or even in our homes do not have to represent our own personal ethics and values. As human beings, we are imbued with the ability to choose how we act or react to our environment. The embodiment of the “knight in shining armor” reaches well beyond relationships, but touches on decisions that coincide with learned experiences of courtesy, diplomacy and tact.