Who Killed Chivalry?

I’ve listened to the news concerning the recent cruise ship disaster. The reporters said it was pandemonium on board as the ship tipped and people scrambled to save their lives. They reported many men were pushing past the women to save themselves. The report I watched showed a clip from the movie The Titanic where the captain said, women and children first! I might add, that is precisely the way I think it should be. But, I must ask the question, “Who killed Chivalry in America?”

You can’t have it both ways. You can’t beat men down in society for twenty years, making us look like bumbling idiots on TV and Movies. You can’t pump out shows that are action dramas and all the men stand back waiting for the female to save the day. You can’t teach Darwinian survival of the fittest and then complain when the fittest survive! You can’t spank men for opening car doors or building doors or not wanting to put a women in the front lines of military conflict and then ask, “Why didn’t the men save me when the ship was sinking.” Like it or not, when as a society we remove all distinctions that gender bring, that seem obvious to everyone but those blinded by some mythical ideal that doesn’t exist, this is the logical outcome.

I read many years ago that the Christian basic beliefs held by most Americans was what gave our women the opportunities to have equal footing with men. Our peaceful society, our respect for each other allowed men to be civilized to the point that we honored the ladies by giving them privileges few other societies around the world enjoy. The writer’s proof was remove civility and allow the country to move to anarchy and the whole nature of this request changes.

So, while there is a remnant of Christian values left in the USA, I believe women should have all the same opportunities as men. But as women, when you demand you should be treated no differently in any regard and you can’t recognize the obvious, that God made men, bigger and stronger, with more muscle mass by divine design, then don’t be shocked when men oblige you and allow you to go down with the ship while they find safety for themselves. We have a totally confused society. Men don’t know how to be men and women don’t know how to be ladies. It has nothing to do with equality; it has everything to do with reality.

Chivalry is not totally dead, but it is gasping for air. Can’t we have equal rights with dignity given to the unique strengths of both sexes? Can’t we honor the value and dignity that both women and men contribute to building a wholesome society? Can’t a lady be the CEO of a company and still allow a man to open the door for her?

Mutual honor, mutual respect with respect to God-given differences.



About Scott Ranck

Enjoying life with my wife Gayle and our Yorkie, Zoe boy. I've come to believe life begins when through brokenness I can embrace it fully and openly. I've learned the human drama is an adventure and all of us are made of the same stuff. The Lord is the only being who knows me fully and he has an individual educational plan of life long learning for me and I'm enrolled. This blog is all about what I'm learning.
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1 Response to Who Killed Chivalry?

  1. Gayle says:

    Well said! You can open doors for me anytime! With love and respect ~ your Misiz

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