Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Being a Man in 1912
In 1912, being a man didn't mean being a guy with a ton of muscles. Being a man meant that you were well dressed and well-mannered. You opened the doors for those behind you, and didn't sit down at the table before you pulled out the chairs, and the ladies were seated. Every gentleman used table-manners, and talked about the most appropriate things in front of women, and other men. The food was eaten in little bites, so that you wouldn't be caught with your mouth full of food. Children, and even teenagers had to use these manners, as taught by their mothers and fathers. When the women were done, the men got up and pulled the seats out for the women. When going out for a ride in the country or going shopping, the men would open and close the doors for the ladies and whenever there was one there, the man would drive. Being like this doesn't mean you act like a snob, but this means that you respect others around you. You can teach your children to open the doors for others, carry things for others, and treating everyone with respect and dignity, as if he or she was a king or queen. This also doesn't mean that you must behave like that in EVERY situation. If you put the rules of a gentleman into practice, you'll be well respected. This also pleases God, respecting and honoring his created people his a great service to him. He said, "Whatsoever you have done to the least of these, you did unto Me."