Have you ever held a door open for a stranger in a public place who has said, "Chivalry is not dead!" Or have you ever read about the chivalrous knights of the Middle Ages? Have you ever wondered what makes a knight chivalrous, or what exactly the word even means?
Chivalry is derived from the French word cheval. In the Middle Ages, chivalry was "the code of conduct for the nobility and the knights." This code stresses the good qualities of a person: strength, courage, loyalty, courtesy, spirited bold or a well-mannered person.
Not long ago chivalry was a concept largely ignored. Men thought that a quality like courtesy simply wasn't "manly" enough. Though, in the 21st century, some people have realized that the world needs a code of conduct. And people are realizing that anyone-men and women, teachers and coaches, students and soldiers, doctors and athletes-any one of us can be a knight in shining armor. And every one of us should be.
So in today's world, you can see that chivalry is, in fact, not dead. Some people are still courteous, spirited and bold. Many people are still very well mannered. So next time you're in public, hold a door open for someone, use the words please and thank you. And more than that, help bring chivalry back into our modern, everyday life.
Do you think chivalry is dead?