A Response to America Needs More Gentlemen

In the Saturday, January 20th Wall Street Journal, Peggy Noonan’s article “America Needs More Gentlemen” quickly caught my eye. The article asserts that social media has worked against the ideas of decorum, dignity and well self-control, especially in relationships between men and women in what is right, and in what is popular. As a father of two boys, I immediately thought, “Am I showing my sons how to be gentlemen” and am I “being the example” they need to see?

Besides, in today’s day and age, what is a gentleman? There are lots of definitions of a gentleman, but the word “respect” shows up most. But respect is not limited to how we treat women; it is how we treat everyone. Why is it not surprising that the Golden Rule always seems to peek its head up when the topic of “how should I act” comes up?

Maybe in today’s day and age, it’s about self-control. Looking at individuals when we are talking (not at our phones), and hitting the pause button before we reply to an email or share a post/picture on Snapchat or Facebook. How would I want to be treated? I think we all get caught up on today’s “instant” world, and we don’t stop to ask ourselves “what would gentlemen do in this situation”?


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Author: Dale W. Vernon
Dale, a business and investment advisor and professed imperfect father of three children, is co-author of How Imperfect Parents Lead Great Families. He is a frequent speaker about the importance of establishing family values, creating a culture of communication in your home and being an intentional parent that understands the importance of being the best example you can for your children.
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