Archive for the ‘Code of Conduct’ Category

10 ETERNAL TRUTHS OF THE GENTLEMANLY LIFE

1. A gentleman says “please” and “thank you,” readily and often.

2. A gentleman does not disparage the beliefs of others-whether they relate to matters of faith, politics, or sports teams. Exception: Supporters of non-SEC football teams may be ridiculed mercilessly.

3. A gentleman always carries a handkerchief, and is ready to lend it, especially to a weeping lady, should the need arise. Note: Especially helpful if you find yourself in Victorian-era England. 

4. A gentleman never allows a door to slam in the face of another person-male or female, young or old, absolute stranger or longtime best friend.

5. A gentleman does not make jokes about race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation; neither does he find such jokes amusing.

6. A gentleman knows how to stand in line and how to wait his turn.

7. A gentleman is always ready to offer a hearty handshake.

8. A gentleman keeps his leather shoes polished and his fingernails clean.

9. A gentleman admits when he is wrong.

10. A gentleman does not pick a fight. Note: That doesn’t stop the fight from coming to him, AND he should defend others against bullies and those who would terrorize.

All of these were taken from John Bridges’ How to Be a Gentleman: A Timely Guide to Timeless Manners. 

A Chivalric Code, taken from the song “Sophia” by The Cruxshadows.

1. Do not injustice to another.

2. Defend the weak & innocent.

3. May truth & honor always guide you.

4. Let courage find a life within.

5. Stand up when no one else is willing.

6. Act not in hatred or in spite.

7. Be to this world as a perfect knight, even if it means your life.

A Knight’s Code, taken from the Song of Roland, circa 1066:

1. Fear God and maintain His Church

2. Serve your liege lord in valor and faith

3. Protect the weak and defenseless

4. Give succor to widows and orphan

5. Refrain from giving wanton offence

6. Live by honor and glory

7. Despise pecuniary reward

8. Fight for the welfare of all

9. Obey those placed in authority

10. Safeguard the honor of fellow knights

11. Eschew unfairness, meanness and deceit

12. Keep the faith

13. Speak the truth at all times

14. Persevere to the end in any enterprise begun

15. Respect the honor of women

16. Never refuse a challenge from an equal

17. Never turn a back upon a foe