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Thoughts on American Chivalry

I received one of the greatest compliments of my life a couple of weeks ago when my daughter-in-law said, “Your son is the most gentlemanly man I’ve ever met. He is chivalrous.” She could’ve said things like “most handsome,” “smartest,” “best guitar player,” which would’ve made me smile, but she said “chivalrous.” I literally couldn’t be more proud. The idea for an American society was that we wouldn’t have impenetrable classes. Thus, every citizen was expected to behave as if he (or she when we finally got around to it) was as entitled to opportunity as the next person. Chivalry, therefore, wasn’t reserved for the elite. It was an attitude, as well as a defined set of manners and etiquette,