Friday, April 20, 2012
Men's Organizations of the Past
Want to feel nostalgic sometime, for an era you may not have even been born into? Go and pick up some 30, 40, or 50 year old guidebooks or pamphlets for the all-men organizations of the time. Read through their guidelines, and find yourself grinning at the standards they held. They're not perfect, of course. You will now and then run into guidelines that are racial, etc. But otherwise you'll see standards like "being of fine moral character", "someone his community can rely on" - generally upholding this ideal of being moral, faithful, hard-working, and committed to improving and maintaining life in his community. I think many - hell, maybe most - people would laugh at the very idea nowadays. Must be some of that progress I've heard so much about.