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For some reason we (and here I mean modern society) seem to think that traditions must be frozen in time and written in stone. We need to realise that (as our forefathers realised) was that tradition must change with time and circumstances.
If we take a couple of the chivalric virtues and translate them to the modern world you will see that these virtues still hold true today as then.
Faith All need something to believe in this how humanity stays sane in times of great suffering, if our grand fathers lost their faith in the righteousness of the cause against the Nazis where would we be now.
Charity We must all help others to the best of our ability. This does not mean we impoverish ourselves, instead all can offer help to others.
Justice We must recognise the sword of justice can be a terrible thing, so it must be tempered with humanity and mercy. This is an obvious one as without Justice modern society will crumble.
The list goes on but we must learn to interpret these virtues in the correct way. Where this causes a problem is when we try to force our morals on others, this is because we all interpret these virtues in different ways.
Without these codes modern society would deteriorate into anarchy, we live in an enlightened society that we have built on the wisdom of the past.
I have often been dubbed "old-fashioned" because I happen to believe in the courtesy aspect of chivalry.
I happen to believe that a gentleman SHOULD open a door for a woman, walk on the outside of pavements etc. I also believe that it is the height of rudeness to use foul language or innuendo in the presence of a lady.
However, it has also been my experience that many young woman today - particularly those aged 30 and under -[In case you were wondering, I am 41] seem to think that chivalric behaviour is either foolish, pointless, or demeaning towards them as they often look on it as sexist or an attempt to inveigle oneself into their affections. Very few appear able to accept such behaviour as genuine.
Today's society seems to be based far more on "appearence" rather than action. For instance, if someone with film-star looks and/or obvious financial attributes acts in a chivalrous manner they are more readily accepted than someone of plain looks or impoverished circumstances.
Many so-called "modern" women would happily accept that a man pay all the bills on a date yet NOT accept other chivalric values.
It may be said that men with a chivalric attitude are few and far between, yet it must also be said that the same could also be said for true lady-like women.
Even so, I will continue to be as chivalrous as possible because I simply feel it is the right thing to do.