Chivalry Is Not Dead : Chivalry

1781 Words Jan 4th, 2016 8 Pages
(Mime opening and holding a door) Here is where you make a decision...are you going to walk through this door and say, “Thank You”? Maybe even smile? Or are you going to storm through the door with your head held high thinking: “I could have opened that myself. I am a strong independent person and I don’t need help.” The tension between accepting niceness and help vs. proving one’s independence can be tough. Holding this door open is not something I must do...it will not make me a superhero...I’m doing it because I can take this one moment out of my day to demonstrate the archaic act of chivalry. Some say that chivalry is dead... Chivalry is not dead...chivalry is merely changed and if I have to be honest I would say that chivalry is changed for the better. The problem people have with modern day chivalry is its correlation with their definition of “chivalry”... which is...according to Webster’s dictionary, “Gallantry, courtesy and honor. The noble qualities a knight was supposed to have, such as courage and a readiness to help the weak. ” This is a precise definition for sure, however; it leaves some unanswered questions. “How can I demonstrate chivalry today? Why should I be chivalrous?” “Who are “the weak?”...The concept of chivalry is much like a piece of software on a computer. When a piece of software goes out-of-date it needs to be updated and some of the code needs to be redefined. Chivalry has gone out of date and must be updated to a more modern version from the…

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