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order for chivalry to provide a complete code of behavior for
men, it was necessary to include relationships with women as a topic
for concern. This was understood in medieval times, when chivalry
was first developed, as it is today.
Women comprise half the world's population.
They represent major priorities of the human species, including
family, community, and civilized living. They are the finest partners
men can hope for in the real world of everyday living. Fortunate
is the man who has the love and close companionship of a good woman.
Fortunate is the woman who has the love and close companionship
of a good man.
There are generalized differences
between the sexes, and we are all better off because of them. This
means it is right and good to honor those differences.
Chivalry tells us to honor all
women. Not just our wives, lovers or relatives. All women,
regardless of age, race, religion or ethnicity.
There is a subtle truth revealed
in this mandate. Women represent birth, life and community to all
of us. The continuation of our species revolve around their instincts
and natural abilities. It is the responsibility of men to support
them in this role. While history often infers that men should be
conquerors and leaders, this is based on a philosophy of death rather
than life. Our number one priority is to our wives and family.
Chivalry recognizes this. It introduces
the concept of romantic love to honor this relationship and its
See Quest article
on Romantic Love