Friday, April 4, 2008

The Necessity of Chivalry

"He his not a compromise or happy mean between between ferocity and meekness; he is fierce to the nth and meek to the nth."
- the necessity of chivalry -
-C.S. Lewis-

i really enjoyed this essay by lewis. I liked how Lewis started off by saying "The word chivalry has mean at different times a good many different things..."  I find this st
atement very true. Lewis points out that there is a lack of chivalrous men in society, which is a legitimate statement because its not easy to live a life of chivalry, not just doing chivalrous things, but making chivalry a solid characteristic of oneself. Lewis says, "the man who combines both characters- the knight- is a work not of nature but of art; of that art which has human beings, instead of canvas of marble, for its medium."  
Lewis also writes, "Knightly character is art not nature - something that needs to be achieved , not something that can be relied upon to happen."
So i would agree with lewis that it is rare to find a true chivalrous man; a man who not only opens doors or pulls out a seat but has integrity and shows respect and it honest and fa
ithful, that is a chivalrous man.
Also, when reading this, and listening to the class discussion, i thought that a man is not restricted to being chivalrous to only women, he can be chivalrous to his fellow men. He can be respectful when dealing with confrontation, still stand his ground but still having integrity. 
I am sure, however, that there are many men at Calvin currently being shaped and formed into chivalrous men of God....We are the Calvin Knights aren't we?

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1 comment:

Papal Letters said...

This article is well done. Thank you for posting it.