Manners are a sensitive awareness of the feelings of others. If you have that awareness, you have good manners, no matter which fork you use- Emily Post
Over a forth night, I have come across a number of definitions of a gentleman.
Some were expressed as a function of integrity; others were based on a man’s relationship with the ladies.
But one definition was worth saving: ‘a man of calm demeanor, strong preserve, intellectual thinking, polite yet meaningful speak and a good upbringing’.
The last two words in this definition form the basis of this article.
A gentleman (or any person of sophistication) is a person that is strikingly appealing to the five senses.
A compelling appearance(sight), pleasant scent(smell), sweetened speech(hearing), delicious substance(taste) and a welcoming touch(feel) all co habit in a gentleman or a lady.
The balance is therefore upset when one or more of these is/are lacking in an acclaimed gentleman or lady.
A good upbringing, according to the above definition suggests a check in all the five (sensory) boxes.
Yet a major area where many noticeably fall below the standard is in the area of scent.
We are responsible for taking utmost care of ourselves; anti-perspirant or deodorant, perfume, cologne, body spray etc. make the task easier.
It is hard to believe that barely half of the population use any form of deodorants or anti-perspirants.
If you do use an anti-perspirant or deodorant after bath, at least twice a day, you do well.
It is not enough to put on Tom Ford, lace up your Ferragamo, buckle your Giorgio Armani, click in your Longines, and appear like a Tom cruise.
Wearing a deodorant is not just yourself, it’s also for the benefit of others who you interact with daily.
Be a good neighbor. Be huggable. Be gallant.
4 thoughts on “The Scent of Gallantry”
It’d be really beautiful if all ‘gentlemen and ladies alike would put some effort into smelling nice or atleast not assaulting the nostrils of others. Beautiful piece *thumbsup*
An intelligent piece really