Ever a work in progress, even the truest gentleman never reaches an apex. Imperfect, a gentleman appeals to a higher power for guidance and assistance. It matters little what, or who, exactly is that higher power; most important is the constancy of a gentleman’s faith in something larger than himself.
Some assert faith comes without doubt and that it can be packaged and sold as simple steps for living a “best life”.
I contend with these assertions.
To the first point: Doubt is central to faith, blind obedience means little compared with questions, especially when their answers provide different, more nuanced, understandings of the same concept.
And the second: Living a good life requires consistent and concentrated effort.
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‘A Gentleman Afield’
- A Gentleman Afield
- First Lesson
- Second Lesson
- The Young Man and the Stream
- The Fly Fisherman Who Always Was
- Part I: Cold Feet
- Part II: Off and Running
- Part III: Assorted Nightmares
- Part IV: On the Trail
- Sport Jackets: Styles
- The Measures of Success
- Jack Williams and Frances Clalin-Clayton
- Association Football
- Victorian Explorers
- A Walk with the Dead
- To Build a Fire
- The War Prayer
- Excerpt from ‘The Wilderness Hunter’
- Modern Gentleman of the Road
- Urban Explorers
- Gentlemanly Inspiration
- To Be Irish, If Only For A Day
- Of Horses and Hounds
- Of Horses and Hounds Part II
- Another Night to Remember
- Living History: A Soldier’s Life
- Living History: A Soldier’s Life Part II
- A Fish in the Hand …
- The Life and Death of a Ballad
- The Legacy of Velocipedes
- To Walk or To Ride?
- Some Gentleman Cannot Choose Their Battles