Kevin (makeout_artist) wrote in decentblokes,

Manly Virtues

Does anyone have a primary source for the manly virtues?


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One of my favorites is a book called "Wild at Heart" by John Eldredge

Oh thank you. I looked at that book and it seems interesting. However, for this particular request I am looking for the primary source which contemporary authors are looking to for their information. I think the code of manly virtue (courage, honor, chastity, humility...) is a part of the knight's code of chivalry—or maybe it is the code of chivalry. I just can't find the source for either...just excerpts from other books where it is restated or mentioned.

I hope this helps clarify my request...

Well, here's a code of chivalry (from
I'm paraphrasing to make this shorter.

Prowess - seek excellence in the service of justice (not for personal aggrandizement)
Justice - Seek always the path of 'right', unencumbered by bias or personal interest
Loyalty - Be known for unwavering commitment to the people and ideals you choose to live by
Defense - Defend those for whom you believe worthy of loyalty (family,nation,...)
Courage - Stand and face that which is needful and not fall to fear.
Faith - have faith in your beliefs as they give strength against despair of human failings.
Humility - value others' contributions, do not boast. Your deeds should speak for you.
Largesse - be as generous as your resources allow. Tempers justice as it helps with mercy.
Nobility - Seek great stature of character by holding to the virtues and duties of a knight...
Franchise - Follow this code throughout one's life and provide a model for others.

I prefer the Nine Noble Virtues myself: (
Courage, Truth, Honor, Fidelity, Discipline, Hospitality, Industry, Self-Reliance, and Perseverance

Hospitality - (courtesy) to be generous, kind, and loyal to those who enter your house or with whom you have dealings.
Courage - a mental state which impels an individual to accomplish some endeavor, regardless of fear and/or danger.
Truth - An acknowledgement, acceptance and promotion of what is.
Loyalty - the unwaivering commitment to the well being of those who are deemed worthy of such a commitment.
Honor - the expression of self esteem by an individual envolving the keeping of promises, the performance of duites, and the respect of other peoples value and possessions.
Self Reliance - the ablility and desire to provide for ones self.
Hardwork - (Industriousness) the willingness to provide for ones self, and ones family, by labor and effort.
Perserverance - the willingness to accomplish some goal or endeavor regardless of obstacles or failures.
Discipline - the self motivaton by an individual used to accomplish goals.