More Lessons From my Grandfather

Afternoon gents, it’s Max from the Young Gentleman’s Guide here! The inspiration for today’s article is actually twofold. The first is that it’s been almost a year since my grandfather passed away. Those of you who know me personally may already know this, but I never really made that big of a deal out of it since I was simply at a loss for words after it happened. Since the passage of time after it happened, however, I feel like it would be a good time to put out yet another tribute to a man who has inspired not only myself, but virtually everybody he came across. The second is this article that my sister wrote as a tribute to my grandfather shortly after he passed. If you want to get a better sense of what I’m going to say in this article, I would highly recommend reading hers first. So without any further delay, let’s see what my grandfather can teach ny of you young gents!

1. Loving what you do

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Grandpa always had a project to work on. Whether it was in his personal workshop at his house, or his personally-owned metal shop, he was always tinkering with something, and it’s for one simple reason: he loved what he did. He simply did it because he loved to do it, and while he certainly would be rewarded for it, whether it be monetarily or otherwise, that was never his goal. He did it because it was what he knew and what he loved. Not only was he the personification of joyful productivity as my sister puts it, but nothing brought grandpa more joy than seeing other people do what they love. He always saw the value in hard work and enjoying what you do, so he had no reservations in appreciating the talents of others, especially if it was something that was outside of wheelhouse. If he knew that someone worked hard on something simply for the love of doing it, he would support them the whole way.

2. Give as much as you get

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It’s no secret that grandpa possessed multiple gifts, whether it be in the realm of mechanics, metalwork, outdoorsmanship, hunting, or the like. Not only did he take these gifts and use them to the best of his capacity, but he was always eager to share his knowledge with anyone and everyone. Not only did he serve as the committee chairman  and outdoor chairman for my Boy Scout troop for decades, which allowed him to teach young men, myself included, about his love of the wilderness and the outdoors, but he also volunteered with multiple local organizations to help teach children and adults alike about things like antique machines, agricultural tools, railway cars, and so much more. Grandpa was never content to keep his knowledge to himself, and his eagerness to share his talents and wares with the world around him brought him as much joy as it did to those under his tutelage.

3. “Life is good!”

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This was essentially Grandpa’s life motto, so much so that it was actually engraved on his tombstone. It’s no secret that life is challenging, unpredictable, and often unfair. Grandpa was no stranger to any of this, but he did more than the best with what he was given. He embraced every aspect of his life and had an intense appreciation for everything and everyone around him, even if it just meant just sitting in silence and “watching the mountains grow.” If someone were to appreciate life at least half as much as Grandpa did, there’s really only one thing they could bring themselves to say: “Life is good!”

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So there we have it. If this, my sister’s article, and my previous article about him are to be believed, my grandfather had an unparalleled love for life that many young men today should strive to emulate. He was an incredible example of what a good husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather should be, and I have no idea where I would be without him. 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 Guideon 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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Grandpa and my dad “watching the mountains grow”

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My Biggest Lesson from Louisiana

Afternoon gents, it’s Max from the Young Gentleman’s Guide here! So, for those of who know me personally or follow me on my personal social media, you’ll most likely that I went on a trip to Louisiana, United States for the New Year. I had a wonderful time, visited some dear friends, and finally got to visit my dream city, the jazz capital of the world, New Orleans! However, there was also a lot that I learned while I was there, not just about the culture and the people, but what I think is a good lesson for all young gentlemen to take to heart: the preservation of history. Allow me to elaborate.

Disclaimer: I know I tend to stay away from political topics on this blog, and I want to clarify that I don’t mean for this to come across as me pushing a certain political ideology. I’m just hoping to offer my own my own point of view based on my personal experience, not any political ideology.

So, it should come as no surprise that the state of Louisiana was more or less a hub of one of the most shameful points in American history: the African slave trade. Because of its prevalence throughout the southern United States, especially Louisiana for so long, and even the effects of it still heavily rippling through the area after the Civil War, many generations of African Americans were at the mercy the white man. Whether it was slavery itself, Jim Crow laws, segregation, voter suppression, the state of Louisiana has certainly had a less than favorable history. However, instead of looking to erase said history, I seemed to notice that many of those in the state still acknowledge it, and in some cases, embrace it. By embrace it, I don’t mean look back on it for reasons of wanting to go back to that time (though I’m not denying that there may be people out there who genuinely want that), rather, they look as it as a symbol of advancement and progress, and they also look at the myriad of positive things that have come from such a dark time in history.

Yes, despite the objectively shameful things that had transpired throughout Louisiana’s… storied history to say the very best of it, there are many who acknowledge that there are quite a few favorable things that have come from it as well, especially where culture is concerned. The slaves brought many of their own cultural influences with them, which over time, began to not only blend with the English/Dutch influences that the original settlers had brought with them, but also the French influence from the colonizers who had been in the area prior. This resulted in the development of such a unique and vibrant culture that hasn’t been seen anywhere else in the world, let alone the United States. Not only did it lead to new developments in the world of cuisine, resulting in culinary phenomena like gumbo, jambalaya, etouffée, red beans and rice, and the like, but there were also completely new linguistic developments with almost entirely new dialects of English and French, and a revolution in the world of music with the creation of jazz. None of this is to say that the enslavement of Africans was in any way ethical or favorable, because it absolutely wasn’t, but without it, many of these things would have never happened or existed.

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So what exactly am I saying here? What I’m trying to say is that the biggest thing I learned while traversing Louisiana is that all aspects of history, good and bad, should be preserved, and that the people of Louisiana, at least from what I saw, do a wonderful job of that. Not only does the preservation of history show the people how far they’ve come as a society, but such a history resulted in an entirely unique culture that the people of Louisiana and the southern United States can call their very own. But most importantly, the preservation of history should serve as a reminder of how far we’ve come so as never to go back, because as the old adage goes, those who are ignorant of history are doomed to repeat it.

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Apologies if this article seemed all over the place, this is just a bit of a complicated subject for me to tackle. All I’m trying to say is that a gentleman should do everything in his power to preserve history. The good, the bad, the ugly, the personal, the familial, the societal, it all deserves to preserved or in some cases, embraced. In any case, I hope you enjoyed reading today’s article. Please be sure to share the article, follow the blog, follow The Young Gentleman’s Guide on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram, and support us on Patreon. And on that note, this is Max from The Young Gentleman’s Guide, and I’ll see you next time!

Should a Gentleman be Pro-Life?

Afternoon gents, it’s Max from The Young Gentleman’s Guide here! So, it should come as no surprise that the pro-life vs. pro-choice argument is VERY controversial and extremely passionate on both sides, but nonetheless, it’s something I’ve been wanting to talk about for a while. This was also inspired by our admin Mary’s article about the March for Life 2020, so be sure to check that out when you’re done here.

So if any of you reading are even remotely involved in politics, you’ve likely come across an argument for or against abortion in some capacity, because like I’ve said before, it is a very hot-button issue that both sides of the political aisle get very passionate about. In the light of certain events, I thought it would be worthwhile to put in my two cents on the issue (despite how many circles on the pro-choice side will argue how men shouldn’t even have an opinion on abortion). So without any further ado, let’s get started.

So, as Mary and I have both pointed out (though Mary may be more upfront about it than me), one of the most important things that a man should do is to stand up for and defend a woman’s honor. However, it’s not just the honor of women that need protecting, it’s the honor and dignity of every man, woman, and child deserving of it, and if you ask me, no one is more deserving of it than a child who has committed literally no crime or injustice; not against his or herself, and certainly not against the mother. Speaking of which, it’s important to be compassionate towards the mother as well as the child. It’s important to remember that any expectant mother, whether the pregnancy is planned or not, is in an extremely vulnerable position and will be seeking out the best situation possible for herself and her child. As such, any gentleman worth his salt should be doing whatever possible to provide that for her, whether said woman is his sister, cousin, mother, aunt, or especially his spouse. Nowhere on the list should that include taking the life of an innocent unborn child. Even if that child was conceived through such things as rape or incest, simply ending its life won’t magically undo what happened. If nothing else, all it does is create another trauma on top of the assault responsible for her situation in the first place. Not only that, but there’s no reason why the child should have to pay the price for the sins of the father; punish the one responsible for putting the woman in such a situation, not the the mother and especially not the child. Life itself is nothing short of a miracle, and men as well as women should be doing everything in their power to defend it, no matter how big or small. In the words of the incomparable Dr. Seuss, “A person’s a person, no matter how small.”

So based on all of that, should a gentleman be pro-life? If a gentleman want to properly fulfill his duty of defending the honor and dignity of not just women, children, and life itself, then yes, he absolutely should. If you’d like to learn more about the pro-life cause from those who have much greater authority to speak about it than I do, I’ll leave some links to some the biggest pro-life advocacy groups and what they stand for. In any case, I hope you enjoyed reading today’s article. Please be sure to share the article, follow the blog, follow The Young Gentleman’s Guide on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram, and support us on Patreon. And on that note, this is Max from The Young Gentleman’s Guide, and I’ll see you next time!

Pro-Life Advocacy Groups:

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Human Defense Initiative

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Best Artists to Listen to for Black History Month

Afternoon gents, it’s Max from The Young Gentleman’s Guide here! So today’s article is going to be quite a bit different than a lot of our other articles. Since this article will most likely be going up on February 1st, that means it will be going up at the start of Black History Month. People, at least in the United States, use the month of February to celebrate the contributions that people of color have brought to the world, whether in science, technology, art, music, politics, or any other facet of everyday life. So today, I thought it would be fun to highlight some of my personal favorite African American artists and bring to light their specific contributions to the world of music. You may be surprised by who you see. Also, fair warning, this article will be quite lengthy since I have a lot of artists I want to cover, but I promise you will enjoy it. So without any further ado, let’s get started!

1. Louis Armstrong (1901-1971)

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Louissssssss. Pops. Satchmo. Dippermouth. The man who taught the world to swing. Very few names in the world jazz are as celebrated as his. Being born and raised in the jazz capital of the world, New Orleans, he was one of the first major pioneers of the jazz genre, and likely changed the course of popular music as we know it. He was the first to put an emphasis on individual improvisation in jazz as opposed to ensemble playing that a lot of early jazz was known for. With the instantly recognizable sound of both his horn and his voice (and such a winning smile helped too), Armstrong won over the hearts of so many, and his contributions to the world of music are still celebrated to this day, especially in New Orleans.

2. Cab Calloway (1907-1994)

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Born in Rochester, New York, Cab Calloway had a charismatic energy and vocal style all his own. His music brought such a unique energy that there were actually entire cartoons just based around some of his songs. He was also a master of scat-singing, so much so that his nickname was the Hi-De-Ho Man. Anyone who’s in a bad mood or otherwise feeling down should definitely give his music a listen, it’s certain to put anyone in a good mood.

3. Duke Ellington (1899-1974)

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Not only was Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington a virtuoso pianist, having written his first piano rag when he was just fifteen (15) years old, but there are many who consider him one of, if not the greatest American composer in history. Given the catalog of masterpieces that have come from him, such as C Jam Blues, In a Mellow Tone, In a Sentimental Mood, Caravan, and others, it’s pretty hard to deny that. He was also a revolutionary bandleader, having been a pioneer of the swing era, and also being known for demanding only the very best out of his musicians. He was so influential, that he is actually mentioned by name as one of “music’s pioneers” in Stevie Wonder’s hit song Sir Duke.

4. Count Basie (1904-1984)

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Yet another giant during the swing era, William “Count” Basie was able to bring his own unique stamp to the world of jazz. Along with adding more of a Kansas City flair to his style as opposed to Duke Ellington’s New York/Harlem influence, Basie also changed the game with a focus on more riff-based melodies and solos instead of longer melodic phrases. Such a writing style made his music and his orchestra instantly recognizable, as well as fairly accessible to the public and beginners in the style of jazz.

5. Miles Davis (1926-1991)

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As a trumpet player myself, this man is one of my personal heroes. While it’s obvious that he a was a master of the trumpet, with a sound and style all his own, he was also a pioneer of many different movements in modern jazz. He was briefly a member of the bebop movement alongside Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, and others, he really made a name for himself in cool movement, the modal movement, and especially the fusion movement. Many consider his album Kind of Blue to be the greatest jazz album of all time. He certainly left his stamp on the world of music, and his influence doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon.

6. John Coltrane (1926-1967)

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Considered by many to be one of the greatest musicians of the 20th century, Trane’s impact on the world of music is so profound that it’s practically entered the world of legend. There are entire college courses dedicated to studying just his music! Having made so many innovations in terms of improvisation, melodic concepts, chord sequencing, and so many other things, his impact on the world of not just jazz, but music in general is as clear as the sun is bright. In his own words, “All music is God’s gift to you. What you do with it is your gift back to Him.”

Let’s not forget any of the ladies out there!

7. Ella Fitzgerald (1917-1996)

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Often referred to as the “First Lady of American Song”, Ella Fitzgerald is often one of the first names brought up when talking about American music, and for good reason. Her impeccable intonation, purity of voice, scat-singing chops, and ability to imitate any instrument in any ensemble made her incredibly versatile. As a result, many of the jazz greats had the pleasure of working with her, including the aforementioned Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, and Duke Ellington, and that’s just scratching the surface. With such a résumé and musical catalog behind her, it’s hard to tell where music today would be without her.

8. Billie Holiday (1915-1959)

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“Lady Day” as she was colloquially known, had taken many influences from the likes of Louis Armstrong and Bessie Smith, and came to develop a jazz vocal style all her own. Her soulful voice and creative songwriting were enough to make her a hit, but she also came into the spotlight as an civil rights activist. Her hit song Strange Fruit was somewhat controversial when it was released, as it was not only a song, but also a social commentary about the pervasiveness of lynchings in the Jim Crow-era south. A splash in the world of music and civil rights, Billie Holiday has certainly become nothing less of an American icon.

9. Clora Bryant (1927-2019)

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Clora Bryant was certainly somewhat of an oddball in the world of jazz. Though it wasn’t actively discouraged, it wasn’t very common for women in Bryant’s time to play the trumpet, since instruments like it, the saxophone, and the trombone we generally seen as more “masculine” instruments. It wasn’t just that Bryant was a female trumpet player that made her notable, however. Being mentored by bebop legend Dizzy Gillespie and touring with bands like the International Sweethearts of Rhythm and Queens of Swing led her to develop her own signature style on par with that of Gillespie himself. She’s certainly an underrated name in the world of jazz who I feel needs more appreciation.

So there you go! Apologies for how long this article was, there was just a lot of stuff I wanted to cover. If you’re interested, I actually have a Spotify playlist featuring these artists and several others, which I’ll link to right here. In any case, I hope you enjoyed reading today’s article. Please be sure to share the article, follow the blog, follow The Young Gentleman’s Guide on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram, and support us on Patreon. And on that note, this is Max from The Young Gentleman’s Guide, and I’ll see you next time!

Courtship and Marriage

Good afternoon, Ladies! This is Mary from The Young Lady’s Journal. Today’s topic is kind of a hard one to tackle considering the world’s ideas concerning it, but I’ll give it my best shot.

According to the Church, there are four (4) stages of courtship. The first is friendship. You should know each other and be able to discern whether the other is a virtuous and honorable person. There should be no consideration of dating if one or the other rushes in too fast, especially physically.

“Love at first sight” is not a thing. There is only lust at first sight. Physical attraction is not enough on which to base a relationship. It’s important to remember that the purpose of courtship is to marry. You shouldn’t even date them if you can’t possibly see yourself happily married to them someday, beyond the physical aspects of marriage.

It’s the man’s job to preserve and defend your honor and virtue. You should avoid being alone together, not because you will do anything, but because people assume you will. And if people assume you will, your honor is at stake. People will view you as a woman of little virtue, whether true or not.

I understand that people’s perception of you may not matter, but if your boyfriend allows others to see you that way, true or not, he’s failed to defend your honor.

The second stage is the actual courtship. If you have a father or a father figure, he should ask his permission to date or court you before he even asks you. He should have a pretty good idea that you will accept. The reason this is important is because your father is responsible for defending and protecting your honor until your marriage. If your father doesn’t view the young man as a man of honor, he has every right to say no to him. I’m not saying your father is always right, but he genuinely wants what is best for you, and if he doesn’t think this man will be good for you, that should be respected. Your father is responsible for the protection of your honor until the day you’re married, then he transfers the responsibility to your husband.

The third stage is the engagement or betrothal. A young man should ask a young woman’s father for her hand. He should be fairly certain that she will say “Yes,” at this point. Once a woman says “Yes,” it should be brought to the pastor. Before marriage, one must be cautious with physical affection. It is acceptable, but you don’t want to lose your dignity. If he’s not working to keep your image honorable, he himself doesn’t have totally honorable intentions toward you. You’re close to marriage, but this is no excuse to allow yourself to slip. You can’t afford it if you want a good married relationship.

The fourth stage of courtship is marriage. Many wouldn’t consider this as a stage of “courtship”, but it absolutely is. It’s still your relationship with one person of the opposite sex, whether your honor is fully his responsibility or your father’s. Once married, a woman has to be willing to submit to the decisions of her husband. This is not to say he owns her, but he is the leader of the team. The man is the head, the woman is the heart. It’s always been that way, and it naturally always will be. We can’t rewrite what God has already written in our nature.

If you don’t want a domineering or immature husband, don’t date a guy who’s not willing to defend your purity.

I’m sorry if this seemed a little rigid or old-fashioned, I’m just stating what my priests have made clear to me.

Good afternoon, and I’ll see you all next time at the Young Lady’s Journal!

Why Motherhood is The Most Important Job

Afternoon gents, it’s Max from The Young Gentleman’s Guide here! So today’s article is actually brought to you by Mary, courtesy of her own blog. This one is a sort of counterpart to my article about fatherhood, which you can check out right here. In the meantime, however, be sure to check it out and give love to her blog!

The Young Lady’s Journal

Good afternoon, ladies! This is Mary from The Young Lady’s Journal! Today I’m going to tackle a topic I feel is commonly overlooked by people today. So buckle up, and I hope you enjoy it!

In this day and age, everyone is pushing for “gender equality”, as if we don’t already have it. Not that there isn’t sexism in the workplace, among other settings, but as a general rule, there really isn’t. In fact, there are many professions that are heavily female. But there’s one job in particular that is 100% female, and there’s a counterpart which is 100% male.

Without them, there’s no us. No society. No people.

These jobs are motherhood and fatherhood. Big surprise, right?

But it’s true. Society would cease to exist if mothers and fathers ceased to do their job. That is, conceive, bear, and rear (raise) children.

I would even say that these two…

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Do Looks Matter?

Afternoon gents, it’s Max from The Young Gentleman’s Guide here! Today, I’m setting out to answer what is possibly the most difficult question when it comes to dating and relationships: do looks matter when looking for a romantic partner or spouse? This is a question that has been floating around and hotly debated seemingly since the beginning of time. There are some who say that looks shouldn’t matter at all, and there are others who say it’s the most important thing when looking for a partner. So today, I’m going to put my hat into the ring and give my take on this issue and give the best advice I can to my readers.

To start, it’s important to understand that humans by nature are largely visual creatures. We take a lot of cues from what we see around us and draw a lot of conclusions about people and the environment from what we can see with our own eyes. That’s why we see so many attractive people in advertisements and put attractive celebrities on some sort of pedestal. Unfortunately, this has led to a bit of a bias where more attractive people are perceived as generally “better people”, even if that may not always be the case. This leads quite nicely into the meat of the rest of this article.

Since humans are naturally visual creatures, what a person looks like can certainly contribute to how someone feels about them. Simply how woman looks could be the deciding factor for if a man asks her out, or vice versa. However, the surface level looks of a person are just that: surface level looks. While looks may matter someone right out the gate (which is likely why so many dating sites and dating apps are so prolific), it should come as no surprise that levels of human connection run a lot deeper than that. That may sound like typical, bumper sticker wisdom, but it’s true. While looks can certainly make someone attractive, there may also be personality traits and character quirks that contribute to how attractive a person is. On top of that, possibly the most important thing to remember is that it’s all subjective. What one person finds attractive may not be attractive to someone else. So to summarize, while looks may matter in the short term, the levels of human connection and relationship building go a lot deeper than that. That’s not to say that it’s bad or shameful to put an emphasis on looks when looking for a date or a spouse. It’s just important to remember that looks aren’t everything.

So there we have it! Apologies if the conclusion I came to wasn’t as cut and dry as you were hoping, this is simply a very difficult subject to tackle. So in the end, even if someone’s looks are important to you, don’t let it be the dealbreaker. You could lose out on a potential girlfriend or even a spouse. In any case, I hope you enjoyed reading today’s article. Please be sure to share the article, follow the blog, follow The Young Gentleman’s Guide on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram, and support us on Patreon. And on that note, this is Max from The Young Gentleman’s Guide, and I’ll see you next time!

Sources:

https://sites.psu.edu/aspsy/2019/04/07/do-looks-matter-2/

Valentine’s Day: Romantic, or Sham?

Afternoon gents, it’s Max from The Young Gentleman’s Guide here! So, as pretty much all of us in the western world are aware, Valentine’s Day is coming up next month. Lovers are likely getting ready to spend a romantic night together, those who are single are preparing to lament the day by eating mounds of discount chocolate and watching romantic movies, and the majority of us will likely just treat it like any other day of the week. However, in the spirit of the holiday, I thought it would be appropriate to talk about a topic that has been more on the rise over the years. Is Valentine’s Day truly the magical day full or rainbows, roses, and romance like it’s built up to be, or is it just a sham invented by Hallmark and department stores so they can just sell greeting cards and discount candy? The answer that I’ve come to may surprise you.

To start off, it’s important to note that despite the commercialization and corporatization of Valentine’s Day today, the day does have roots in history, though said roots are difficult to pinpoint. Most experts believe that the celebration of love and fertility that defines the 14th of February dates back to 3rd-century Rome, where persecution of Christians was commonplace. According to medieval legends, Roman Emperor Claudius Gothicus believed that soldiers in his army who were single were better equipped to fight than those who had wives and families. As a result of this belief, he forbade his soldiers from getting married. To circumvent this, Saint Valentine is said to have performed marriage ceremonies for a number of Roman soldiers in secret, or according to other versions of the legend, pass notes between Christian lovers imprisoned by Emperor Claudius. Despite the dodgy accuracy and validity of these legends, it has been historically documented that there were actually multiple Saint Valentines who did in fact die on February 14th, but only two received the treatment that most people are familiar with; that being they were beheaded by order of Emperor Claudius. While the historical validity of the miracles and actions has certainly been brought into question, medieval Christians took these legends of secret wedding ceremonies, note-passing, and even curing a young girl of blindness, and ran with them, using the date of Valentine’s execution, as well as its correspondence with certain Pagan celebrations of love and fertility, as the basis of the holiday of love and friendship as we know it today.

With the increase of claims that Valentine’s Day is like Christmas, in that it’s a “corporate invention” or a “commercialized sham”, whether or not V-Day is truly meant to be this beautiful celebration of romance has certainly become a big talking point. In all honesty, I can see where a lot this criticism comes from. All these companies saying that you should be celebrating love in your life, whether it’s with your family or a significant other, when should arguably be doing that every day certainly seems like a forced message used as a front to just buy greeting cards and candy. That being said, I also don’t see anything wrong with taking a certain day to express your love more so than most other days. Married couples do it on their wedding anniversaries, families do it on Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, and if they want to the same thing on Valentine’s Day, then I don’t see anything wrong with that. Plus, since when has spending money on someone a bad thing? I understand that it shouldn’t be absolutely necessary to do so, but at the same time, spending money to get something nice for someone you love, whether it costs a million dollars if you’re rich or just one dollar if you’re poor, is just another way to show that you love and care about them.

So what exactly am I saying here? I think at the end of the day, whether Valentine’s Day is a corporate sham or not really shouldn’t matter. If you and your wife, girlfriend, or anyone in your family want to use it as a day to do something special and celebrate your love, then by all means, go ahead. If you just want to treat it like any other day and you are able to celebrate the love you have in your life every single day, then that’s fine too. What matters is that it’s your decision, and you made that decision on your own.

Apologies to anyone who was expecting a definite answer to this question, but at the end of the day, everyone has a right to make their own decisions, and Valentine’s Day seemed like an appropriate topic to discuss. So whatever any of you young gents are doing for Valentine’s Day, enjoy yourself, stay safe, and make the most of it. In any case, I hope you enjoyed reading today’s article. Please be sure to share the article, follow the blog, follow The Young Gentleman’s Guide on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram, and support us on Patreon. And on that note, this is Max from The Young Gentleman’s Guide, and I’ll see you next time!

Sources:

https://www.history.com/topics/valentines-day/history-of-valentines-day-2

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/gory-origins-valentines-day-180968156/

 

Five Role Models for Young Ladies

Good afternoon, ladies! It’s Mary here from The Young Ladies’ Journal. I’m here to discuss five (5) ladies whom I believe to be terrific role models for any young woman. They upheld the utmost virtues and lady-like, hard-working nature. I’m writing this article as a sort of sequel to Max’s article, 4 Role Models For Young Gentlemen.

1. Mother Mary

Why Mary? Because she showed us perfect conformity to the Will of God. She was so loved and honored by God to be chosen (and asked, mind you), to be the Mother of Christ.

She is the embodiment of Christian purity, humility, courage and virtue.

She said “Yes,” when the angel Gabriel asked if she would bear the Christ child, in perfect conformity to God’s Will.

She courageously carried out the assigned task of bearing and raising Him, when everyone, including Joseph, in the beginning, believed she had acted impurely, although we know she had been chaste.

She’s the Mother of God and of us, and we honor her as such. And she accepts this role with humility.

Mary is my namesake, and without her, I wouldn’t be who I am today. I hope you find her as beautiful as I do.

2. Mother Teresa

Mother Teresa has been a great inspiration to me. She had to fight her way in to do the work she did. Her superiors wouldn’t allow her to do it for many years for fear that she would be hurt somehow.

She’s a great model of perseverance, kindness, hard work and wisdom.

Her entire life, she fought against the degeneracy of society and worked to improve the lives of those who needed it.

She left a footprint in the soil that will possibly never be filled again.

3. “Rosie the Riveter”

Naomi Parker Fraley, also known as “Rosie the Riveter”, worked on aircraft assembly at the Naval Air Station, Alameda during World War II.

Famously hard-working, she paved the way for women in the work force.

She died at the age of 96 on January 20, 2018, after being rediscovered as the inspiration for the “We Can Do It!” Poster from WWII only a few years earlier.

4. Marie Curie

Born in Poland, naturalized in France, and always inclined to pursue science, Marie was denied admission to a college because she was a woman. She went on to be the first woman to be awarded a Nobel Prize, and remains the only person in History to have been awarded two Nobel Prizes in two different fields of science.

As she stated, “Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood.”

Tell me she’s not a perfect model of class, elegance, and perseverance.

5. Sophie Germain

In spite of opposition from her parents and society, she educated herself using books from her father’s library. She was a self-taught mathematician, physicist and philosopher.

In defiance of her parents, she corresponded with a handful of French professors and mathematicians, including Lagrange, Legendre and Gauss, and gave a number of great insights, under the name of a man.

Because of her sex, she was never allowed to work as a mathematician, but she did work independently throughout her life.

She won the grand prize from the Paris Academy of Science for her essay on the elasticity theory, and before her death, Gauss suggested that she be awarded a degree because of it. Unfortunately, it never happened, but she did pioneer her way into mathematics in a world that didn’t know how to take a woman in such a field.

I sincerely hope you enjoyed this article. Be sure to keep tuned for more content!

Good afternoon, and I’ll see you all next time!

True Femininity

Afternoon gents, it’s Max from The Young Gentleman’s Guide here! So, if you read our announcement post from a few weeks ago, you would know that we’re bringing on a new admin. This new admin, Mary Drewsen, will be bringing a new series to the blog, The Young Lady’s Journal. Along with that, Miss Drewsen is also launching her own blog by the same name. So to give you readers a taste of what our new admin will be putting out, I thought it would be appropriate to share the first post she put out on her own blog. I hope you enjoy reading, and look forward to Miss Drewsen’s content coming directly to this site as well as her own!

The Young Lady’s Journal

Have you ever noticed how women who dress with dignity command a certain respect?

When a man is walking in the grocery store, and he sees a woman dressed “provocatively,” or immodestly, he watches her. And when she looks, he looks away, because he doesn’t want her to see the way he was looking at her. Why is that? Because it wasn’t with any sort of reverence. And you can all say, “Well, he should respect her anyway,” but it’s not so easy. Because she obviously doesn’t respect herself or him, how is he expected to respect her?

Then he will continue to watch her, because she left so little to the imagination. And this could be the best man you know, by the way. It’s the way they’re hard wired. They can’t help themselves.

When a woman is dressed modestly, the man will make eye contact, nod as he…

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