Gentleman's Philosophy

A Gentleman Stands Up For What He Believes In

Afternoon gents, it’s Max from the Young Gentleman’s Guide here! So, one of our latest posts, The 1950s: The Greatest Generation for Families, has received quite a bit of heat lately, which isn’t very surprising. Now, we here at The Young Gentleman’s Guide are always open to a thoughtful and cordial conversation, and we were made aware of quite a few differing opinions. On Instagram, a few commenters were saying that I should’ve done some more research into how women and minorities were treated in the 1950s, or how women today can and do live happy lives without starting a family or having kids. Now what would you do in this situation? I would guess that some people would either take the post down or issue an apology for offending anyone. But that is not what a gentleman would do, and that is not what I want to teach to my readers.

Now, I will fully admit that I should have done more research into the era of the 1950s, and I should have also addressed to role of women today. Don’t get me wrong, if you are a woman and are happy with working and not getting married or starting a family, then I’m fine with that. And guys, if you also want to focus on your career and not worry about finding a lady to settle down with, then that’s fine! Pretty much everything I mentioned in that post were just statistical trends, not absolute certainties. However, I have no plans to apologize for what I said or take down the post, because I still stand by the core message of the post: that traditional family values are important and should be preserved, despite them being dangerously undermined in today’s society.

I believe it was Ron Swanson, a character from the TV show Parks and Recreation who says “If you believe something, you sign your name to it.” I’m prepared to take that sentiment to the bank! Caving into the demands of your audience or the people who disagree with you, just shows that you don’t actually believe in what you said. Also, if your first reaction is to resort to violence as opposed to having an open discussion (as is, more often than not, the case with politics or religion), that’s not upholding your belief, that’s just a display of cowardice. Again, that goes completely against what I’m trying to teach our readers. Like Ron Swanson says, “If you believe something, you sign your name to it.” Sure, it is inevitable that other people will have a different opinion than yours, but that’s ok. You should willing to hold an open and cordial debate about your differing opinions. Whether or not one of you end up agreeing on everything shouldn’t matter. As long as you can both stay level-headed and find at least a small amount of common ground, that’s what matters.

In any case, I hope you enjoyed reading today’s post. Please be sure to share the post, follow the blog, and follow The Young Gentleman’s Guide on Facebook and Instagram. And on that note, this is Max from The Young Gentleman’s Guide, and I’ll see you next time!


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