The Art of Manliness blog should be on every Southern gentleman’s regular reading list. The post titled 7 Lessons on Appearance Learned in the Marine Corps is a classic. Here are the article’s 7 points:
- Your personal presentation is important
- Do not judge others based on their appearance
- Details define a man’s style
- A respect for protocol
- Always have your equipment ready
- Our appearance and behavior reflects on our associations
- Appreciate your history
A few comments of my own:
“Do not judge others based on their appearance” is both right and wrong. Our outward appearance reflects on our inner self. A person who has tattoos does so in order to say something about his (and, disgusting as it is – her) own beliefs. On the other hand, I have often found myself in the middle of a project and having to make a quick trip to the hardware store. I end up going dressed in badly worn and dirty clothing that I normally would not want to wear out in public and needing more than a quick wash-up. I certainly hope that others would not judge me by the way I looked at that time. The key here is exercising good judgment.
“Appreciate your history” is at the very core of what Confederate Colonel is all about. Appreciate your history. Understand your heritage. Take pride in your past. A well-dressed man wearing a Confederate flag lapel pin or a tasteful Confederate tie does more to further the image of The South than words could ever express. This is closely tied in with “Our appearance and behavior reflects on our associations”.