and i get the feeling that Robin’s earlier warning to Luffy about how alliances and betrayal go hand in hand will act as a foreshadowing of this upcoming alliance, which tbh wouldn’t really come as a surprise, especially with the way this current arc has been so far…
“Every once in a while you come across someone whose style is so clean and manners are so refined that you realise the power of the word Gentleman, in the most classic sense of the word.”
His style is the personification of cool and elegant sophistication; an unapologetic embrace of discreet polish and natural confidence. Shrouded in a tapestry of unpretentious swagger, the long awaited re-emergence of the distinguished modern gentleman is almost upon us.
We are living in a cold, digital and cynical world, where values, virtues, manners and behaviour don’t seem to matte anymore. The reality is that even human interaction is overwhelmingly supported by and through digital technology. Human kind seems so bent out of shape, where facts are no more relevant and are considered optional, where black is white and where up is down. People seem to know the price of everything and the value of nothing. -Oscar Wilde Celebrities who stand for nothing and everything run and influence the world. Society has become so fake that the truth actually bothers people.
The interesting thing about human society is that whenever - lets call it a phase gets out of control a so called counter movement arises. In this case it is the rise of the gentleman and with it the resurrection of virtues, values, manners and behaviour. In a society without role models who reflect for what humanity stands for and by what it’s normally kept together, the call and the search for a deeper purpose in life gets louder and broader.
The rebirth of the cool is also the birth of the modern gentleman who is not defined by birth or age but rather by choice. It’s a conscious and personal decision made by individuals to frame their way of life with gentlemanly values. In my opinion there is no higher accolade than to call a man a gentleman.
It is also displaying diversity in terms of preexisting stereotypes and the perception of gentlemen in general. A gentleman is not perceived anymore as a monolithic block of people. Not every man in a suit and tie is a gentleman and not every gentleman wears suit and tie. The modern gentleman is no longer defined by the content of his wallet or the cut of his suit, he is defined by his manners and the content of his character. Never forget, a monkey in a suit is still a monkey.
In every aspect of life respect yourself enough to know that you deserve the very best. Never wake up to be mediocre. The mindset of a modern gentleman in terms of business, lifestyle and sports.
A gentleman takes pride in how he presents himself.
Whether it is how he dresses or how he speaks, a gentleman understands the importance of a first impression and how he is perceived. No, this does not mean he lives his life on other people’s terms or is always looking for validation from them. What it means is, he understands the importance of making a good impression and expanding his personal and professional network. A man who takes pride in who he is and how he presents himself will find more opportunities coming his way, as he is desirable to spend time and engage in conversation with.
A gentleman treats everyone with respect.
Regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, or any other involuntary characteristic a person can have, a gentleman does not categorize. He sees those around him as human and treats them with the respect that he would expect them to treat him with. Since a gentleman does not discriminate, there is no basis for unfair treatment towards others in his mind, everyone is equal. He understands that his kindness towards others is not based on who they are, but on who he is. Because of this, it is unwavering.
A gentleman does not allow himself to be walked on.
There is a difference between showing kindness towards others and letting yourself become a doormat. Part of having respect for others is also having respect for yourself. A gentleman who has respect for himself will never let himself be taken advantage of. Give others the benefit of the doubt and the gift of your kindness, but if they do not do the same, a gentleman will understand they do not meet the standards of those who he accepts into his life, and he will move forward.
A gentleman will always be improving himself.
As an extension to the previous point, in order to get respect from others, you first must have it for yourself. This means taking care of both your physical and mental well-being. In a photoshop-ridden society, our generations certainly appear to value surface over substance, but a gentleman understands the importance of what goes beyond the outer shell. Whether it is reading books, listening to lectures, watching documentaries, or any other education medium he prefers, it is important to not lose sight of improving the mind while also working on improving the body.
A gentleman values his family and relationships.
More important than professional accomplishment and success, is cultivating the relationships with the people whom you will share it with. A gentleman will understand that no matter how far he makes it in life, it is better to be in a cottage with people he loves than it is to be in a mansion by himself.
A gentleman isn’t afraid to be wrong.
Many people in today’s day and age seem to have an incredible avoidance to being wrong. They will take a stand on a position and never allow new information or evidence to change their mind. This puts up a stone wall around your current base of knowledge and allows no room for expansion beyond it. The only way to learn or grow, is to be wrong. Only when you are wrong do you absorb new information, change your stance, and subsequently become “right.” Without the ability to admit a mistake, there will be no lessons to take from it.
A gentleman is cool, calm, and collected.
In a fast paced, constantly-changing world, it is an asset to be able to slow down the mind and keep things in perspective. A gentleman will have (or work to develop) the ability to not be perpetually stressed out. He will take life’s ups and downs in stride, and understand that night is always darkest before the dawn. Even when problems arise, he will work through them with determination. This will prevent him from becoming overwhelmed and making poor decisions or treating others badly.
A gentleman always keeps the woman in his life happy.
It is important for a gentleman to hold high standards for how he acts when he is in a relationship. This includes never mistreating her or taking her for granted. Always valuing her and showing her that he does (not just telling her). He will understand that the effort it took to get the type of woman he wants, is the same effort it will take to keep her, and that a lady would never accept being taken for granted any more than he would. He will never lose sight of doing the small things that make her happy.
Gentlemen are a rare breed and an endangered species in today’s society. It is important for men to strive for these ideals as well as for women to show the men their efforts are appreciated and recognized. While many men reach for these qualities without any need for outside influence, I can also assume that more would put in effort if they knew how much of a difference it would make in their life.
But if they don’t, gentleman cannot be afraid to separate themselves from the crowd. The effort they put into living the best life they can comes with a reward that many others will never receive: The accomplishment of that goal.
These days, becoming a modern gentleman isn’t easy. It goes far beyond the simplicity of what clothes we wear. Something has to be said about men’s grooming and its importance in achieving the gentleman look we strive for. Times have evolved and getting hold of that look has now become not just desirable, but believe it or not, there’s an art to it. Brushing your teeth and splashing some water on your face just won’t suffice anymore, we got away with it long enough. It’s time to go the extra mile!
Healthy skin, maintaining the beard, manscaping and don’t be fooled manicures are manly.
The way men look after their appearance has
undergone a revolution in the last twenty years.
Where once a moisturiser might have been
considered outré, it now seems to be the bedrock
of every man’s grooming regime. It’s easy to fall
prey to anxiety and insecurity on these fronts,
especially in the face of advertisements and
Photoshopped media icons.
So yes, it helps enormously to enjoy your
grooming routine; but our long term aim is to use
the confidence that comes with looking good to
feel completely at home in our own skin.
BE WELL GROOMED, NOT OVER-PREENED
Good grooming is like a magic trick: people
should be impressed by the results, but in the
dark about how you achieved them. Overdo the
fragrance, teeth whitening or eyebrow taming
and you just show the world your sleight of hand.
CREATE YOUR OWN RITUAL
Many cultures (from the ancient Greeks and
Jews to the modern Japanese and Scandinavians)
practise bathing as a ritual. Hot water is relaxing,
yet invigorating like little else – that’s why some
of our best thoughts can come to us in the shower.
But take the time out from here on in to really ‘be’
in the shower, to quell the monkey mind and to
really feel the water on your skin and the scent
of the products you use. It’s not just the female of
the species that’s worth it.
Health And Wellbeing
Todays modern gentleman lives his life
holistically. He understands that how he treats
his body affects his mind, and vice versa, that
there’s no real separation between the two. An
improvement in one area is often what unlocks
improvement in another. Some say that exercise is the new religion – that
gyms are the new cathedrals. Perhaps this is a bit extreme. But it reveals a larger truth: physical
fitness can be very important, partially because
it’s always a subset of a much bigger theme: living
a good life.
PRACTICE YOUR OWN SPORTS PSYCHOLOGY
Playing sport doesn’t just build muscle and lung
capacity. It helps you to refine your ability to
strategise and practise collaboration and fair
play. By observing your knee-jerk emotions and
choosing to respond rather than react, you can
change your behaviour on and off the field, court
It seems odd that we often stand on the escalator
on the way to a gym class. Exercise begins the
moment you get up in the morning. The ‘active
living’ movement helps us to understand this.
Man was never meant to be sedentary. Walking
up the stairs, washing the car, and having sex can
all increase our fitness without a sweaty gym bag
The 30 steps to being a modern gentleman
Negotiates airports with ease.
Never lets a door slam in someone’s face.
Is aware that facial hair is temporary, but a tattoo is permanent.
Knows when not to say anything.
Wears his learning lightly.
Owns one well-made dark suit, one tweed suit, and a dinner jacket.
Avoids lilac socks and polishes his shoes.
Turns his mobile phone to silent at dinner.
Carries house guests’ luggage to their rooms.
Rises and says his name when being introduced.
Breaks a relationship face to face.
Is unafraid to speak the truth.
Knows when to clap.
Arrives at a meeting five minutes before the agreed time.
Is good with waiters.
Has two tricks to entertain children.
Can undo a bra with one hand.
Can sail a boat and ride a horse.
Never kisses and tells.
Cooks an omelette to die for.
Can prepare a one-match bonfire.
Seeks out his hostess at a party.
Believes in chivalry.
Has read “Pride and Prejudice”.
Can tie his own bow tie.
Sandals? No. Never.
Wears a rose, not a carnation.
Swats flies and rescues spiders..
Demonstrates that making love is neither a race nor a competition.
Knows that there is always an exception to a rule.
Chivalry alive Is chivalry dead?
Chivalry isn’t dead, but it’s certainly in shorter supply these days. Likewise, gentlemen still exist, today, although they may appear slightly different. The “old school” gentleman, who pulled out chairs and opened up car doors, has since been replaced with the “modern” gentleman, who can maintain a stimulating conversation outside the realms Facebook Messenger. Given the social norms of today’s society, being a gentleman will prove itself to be quite difficult – but not impossible. And while media outlets love to glorify the male icons who tend to mistreat women, and ignore the more chivalric ones who don’t generate headlines, this should have no bearing on how you choose to conduct your own lifestyle. Just because certain behaviors aren’t considered “cool” or “popular” by mainstream standards doesn’t mean they’re correct by societal standards. Being a gentleman is timeless, and mainstream trends will phase in and out. Notice this, and focus on the long-term. While being in your 20s and carefree may discourage all intentions of acting “gentlemanlike” – recognize the longevity of certain good habits. These will never “go out of style,” and are telltale signs of maturity.
Everyone can be a gentleman. That title is earned, it’s not something you’re born into.
Stiles did not hesitate outside Derek’s door. He hesitated in the parking lot, far enough away that Derek wouldn’t be able to hear his heartbeat and know that he was there for ten minutes before actually coming in. After those ten minutes were up, he took a deep breath and forced himself out of the Jeep.
He barged into Derek’s loft without bothering to knock, just like he usually did, and Derek didn’t even bother looking up from his book. It was something in French, it looked like, which was just not fair because how dare Derek be both ridiculously attractive and also fluently multilingual?
Sties did not let himself be distracted by the hot professor look Derek had going on with the French book and the steaming mug of tea and the argyle sweater, all laid out on the leather couch and soaked in sunbeams from the large wall of windows.
“Derek, my main man, I have a proposition for you.”
Derek looked up then, but only to raise an eyebrow at him. When Stiles didn’t break under the force of his judgment and go scurrying back from whence he came, Derek reluctantly closed his book and set it aside.
“I’m pretty sure Scott is your main man,” he said lightly. “And what proposition is this?”
“How would you like to help me stick it to some bigots?”
Both Derek’s eyebrows went up this time and Stiles mentally patted himself on the back for making him look so surprised. Getting any expression out of Derek Hale that wasn’t judgy or unimpressed was an accomplishment and Stiles kept a running tally of how many times he managed it.
“What kind of bigots?” Derek asked with caution that was both insulting and also probably warranted considering some of Stiles’ past shenanigans. “And stick it to them how exactly?”
Stiles took another deep breath and hoped his erratic heartbeat wasn’t giving him away. He was not going to let his awkwardness and inability to control his autonomic functions around Derek ruin his plan, not when the plan was so wonderfully petty and promised to be so very satisfying.
“Okay, so…” Stiles clapped his hands together and then held them out to the side, barely restraining the urge to do jazz hands. “I don’t know if you heard, but I came out at school a few weeks ago,” he said. “One seriously bisexual dude, right here, newly out and proud.”
“Oh,” Derek said, his beautiful face—a face worthy of a sexuality crisis, not that Stiles was ever, ever going to tell him about that—not really looking any more or less surprised than before the big revelation. “I hadn’t heard,” he said. “But that’s good. The out and proud part, I mean,” he added quickly. “Not the bigots, which are unfortunate but do make more sense with some context.”
“Yeah. Overall, it’s been fine,” Stiles said, tucking his hands into his pockets so he didn’t do something stupid like make finger guns. He had a tendency to make finger guns at inappropriate moments. “You know, most people really don’t care. But some people are just naturally douchebags.”
“Are they giving you trouble?” Derek asked, a frown creeping onto his face.
Stiles waved him off, then re-pocketed his hand.
“Keep the claws in, Sourwolf. I’m not getting shoved into lockers or anything. It’s just like…”
Stiles chewed on his lip, fighting back the wave of irritation that always accompanied his run-ins with the douchebags.
“Like, some of them insist that I’m actually gay and just too much of a coward to say it outright,” he said. “Others say I’m actually straight but can’t get a girl to sleep me, so I thought I’d try my hand at guys instead because I’m that undesirable and desperate to get laid. I’m just indecisive and greedy and afraid of commitment. That kind of bullshit.”
Derek was scowling outright now, hands fisted like he might actually pop his claws on Stiles’ behalf.
“That is bullshit,” he said heatedly. “But what do you want me to do about it? I’m assuming you’re not here to get me to tear their throats out.”
He looked like he might actually do it, though, if Stiles asked him to, and that warmed Stiles’ cold little heart.
“Uh, no,” Stiles said with a chuckle. “No, that seemed like a little much in the circumstances.”
“Then how am I supposed to help you get back at them?”
“By going to prom with me.”
Stiles was not surprised that this proclamation was met with silence.
“Prom,” Stiles repeated. “My senior prom. With me. As my date. Well, as one of my dates, actually.”
“These assholes keep insisting that I have to ‘pick a side,’” Stiles said, air quotes and all. “They think I can’t like both women and men, or that neither women nor men could ever like me. I want to prove them wrong. I want to show up to prom with two dates, a boy and a girl, and rub it in all their faces that both my dates are hotter than any of theirs.”
Stiles ran a hand through his hair, his confidence in his brilliant plan waning ever so slightly in the face of Derek’s lack of reaction. He was just kind of staring. Maybe Stiles had finally come up with something so outlandish that he broke Derek. Or maybe Derek was going to clock him in the face and be horribly offended that Stiles was objectifying him or something.
“Erica already agreed to be my girl-date,” Stiles told him. “She’s actually really excited about it. A chance to flaunt her stuff and deliberately make a scene all night long? That’s right up her alley. And you…well, you are by far the most attractive guy I know, so I just thought…”
“You want me to go to senior prom with you, just to be your arm candy?” Derek asked slowly.
“Uh, yeah, that sounds about right. But it’s for a good cause!”
There was another excruciatingly long beat of silence, and then Derek laughed. He laughed hard, head thrown back against the couch cushions, hands slapping against his knees, face scrunched up and shiny bunny teeth on full display. It was the kind of laugh that made Stiles’ heart skip a beat and he was very glad Derek was too preoccupied with his amusement to notice.
“Is this a good laugh or a bad laugh?” Stiles asked.
“Good laugh,” Derek choked out through continued chuckles, wiping at his streaming eyes.
“So does that mean you’ll do it?”
“Yeah,” Derek said, looking up at him with a smile that could stop wars. “Yeah, I’ll do it. Sounds like a good time to me. And, like you said, it’s definitely for a good cause.”
Stiles fist-pumped, already reveling in triumph at the thought of the looks that would be on those biphobic douchebags’ faces.
“I do have one condition, though.” Derek said.
“Anything, dude, you’re the best and I owe you, like, every favor on the planet.”
Derek’s smile widened, a gleam in his eye that made Stiles the tiniest bit hot under the collar.
Lana had always been taught to cover up. To hide and be ashamed of her body.
She had been taught that it was her responsibility to keep men from staring at them and protect herself.
Of course until she was twelve she didn’t listen to the warnings.
She would wear shorts and vests out in public when it was hot.
But after pubity hit men started whistling at her and making lude comments she began to cover up more.
However it wasn’t until she was groped on a bus did she really get scared of showing any skin.
After that happened she started to wear her brothers cast offs, her frame swallowed in baggy layers to hide her curves.
She was thankful of the Garrison uniform being unisex which helped her cover.
Even in space her armour was very conservative, flattening her chest and making her appearance seem so male that most Aliens they met assumed so.
Lana would of been happy this continuing, however after Shiro returned Allura announced there would be a ball and they would all be expected to wear formal clothing.
“Allura are you sure I can’t just wear my armour?” Lana pleaded as the Princess routed through her closet for something the blue paladin could wear.
“Of course not Lana, this ball is to celebrate peace. It is traditional that the Paladins do not wear their uniforms for such an occasion.”
“But nothing, it will be fun. Here this will look lovely on you.” Allura cut her off tossing her a blue gown.
Just by looking at it Lana could tell one very important thing.
It was tight and was designed to show off flesh.
Lana opened her mouth to argue but Allura was already pushing her out of the room to get ready.
Keith was not happy.
He was stuck talking to some diplomat in a dark red Altean tux and was honestly the most uncomfortable thing he had ever worn.
Allura glared at him as he pulled on his collar for the hundredth time trying to loosen his stupid bow tie.
Shiro was currently at the princess’s side trying to not look as uncomfortable as Keith, but it was clear he hated the monkey suit as much as Keith did.
Hunk seemed to live his dark yellow tux and was happily chatting away with Slav about god knows what.
Pidge had some how been coaxed into a light green dress that ended halfway down her shins and already was stained with what Keith hoped was motor oil from the robot she was gushing over.
The only one Keith hadn’t been able to spot was Lana.
He had assumed she would of jumped at the chance to be the centre of attention and bask in the praise that the Paladins were reviving.
However she was almost twenty minutes late and Keith was staring to worry.
He was about to go looking for her when the doors creaked open and Keith felt his heart skip a beat.
Lana was stood in the doorway her dark down hair was swept to the side over her shoulder, curled and filled with a silver mesh dotted with dark blue gems.
Her dress was the same beautiful blue as her eyes and clung The the curves Keith never realised she had.
It was high necked but sleeveless and backless with only a slim piece of silver fabric covering her tanned stomach.
There was a slit up the left side showing off her long elegant leg and heals.
Keith didn’t even realise he was staring until he made eye contact with her and she blushed before darting out of the room.
“Lana wait!” He yelled chasing after her.
Keith ran all round the castle looking for the blue paladin.
He wasn’t sure what was wrong. But he was staring to get worried.
Right when he was about to give up and call in reinforcements he heard a soft shuffling noise from inside a closet.
Keith slowly opened the door seeing Lana curled up in the corner with tears staining her cheeks.
“Lana… what’s wrong?” Keith asked sitting next to her. “Please talk to me.”
“My papa would be so angry with me….” Lana whispered.
“He always said it was a woman’s responsibility to make sure no one looks, that showing skin means I’m asking for it to happen again.”
Keith felt a flash of red hot anger go through him.
He was mad at Lanas dad and however the hell touched her to make her think such a thing.
“Listen Lana… I was only looking because I was surprised, but it had nothing to do with the fact you have skin on display. You could of walked in there dressed like a nun and I still would of stared.
Lana tilted her head up to look at him "how come?”
“Because your the most beautiful woman I’ve ever seen. And that has nothing to do with what you wear, it’s because of who you are that makes you so amazing.”
Lana sniffed wiping her eyes “thanks”
“Any time ” Keith smiled standing up and offering her his hand.
“Now how about we go show these aliens how to party.”
Lana took his hand letting him pull her up laughing “best idea I’ve heard all day.”
Keith couldn’t help but grin as he led Lana back to the ball room and the two spent the rest of the night dancing together and having the time of their lives.
This is what orange monkey in a suit had to say Friday before Hurricane Harvey, a category 4 (second strongest) hurricane, hit Texas. This just before boarding Marine One heading to vacation in Camp David.
In 2012, when a category 1 hurricane, Sandy, hit New Jersey about a week before the election, President Obama cancelled his campaign schedule and returned to the White House in order to respond to needs as the situation changed.
There’s a reason only one of these men deserve the title president.