We asked each of the top ten gentlemen to name and describe a particular man who was a role model and an influence for them in developing character and becoming a man. The answers we received uncovered something I found quite interesting.
Mark Alavi responded,
I would have to say that my father (Mark Alavi Sr.) was the most influential. He is one of the most understanding people I know. Whenever I made a mistake in school or life he was there to reassure me that it was a learning experience and I should use it to make myself a better person. He got a lot of enjoyment from making my sister and me happy. He never asked for anything in return when he did something for us because he was happy seeing us happy. That is a quality I'm proud to say I possess as well.
Taylor Ford answered,
My father. I am so thankful for having such a wonderful role model in my life. If I am ever confused about how to handle a situation, I ask myself, "What would Steve Ford do?" And the behavior always reflects that of a gentleman.
And Devon Lawrence responded,
If any one man really was a role model and influence for me in developing character it would have to be my father, Darrel Lawrence. Though he may not seem the gentleman type to many people, on the inside he really is. He treats my mom right, and taught me through action that men must respect and protect women, whether they know them or not.
There is a theme here, and while it is somewhat predictable and perhaps cliché that a man would choose his father as a role model, I think it reinforces how important a traditional family unit is to the development of character.
Every single one of ASU's top ten gentlemen acknowledged his father as his primary role model. But today there are feminists glorifying single-motherhood by choice. What will be the effect of the growing number of single-mothers-by-choice in our society?
Perhaps gentlemen are at risk of becoming an endangered species...