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Stand Up Straight 

A man stands straight – his deportment mimics the way he lives his life – erect, proud. Shoulders back, chest out – but not ostentatiously so; as in all things, a gentleman strives to face the world in the best way, but not to be an object of show or ridicule.

A man who slouches, or who contorts himself like a pretzel, shows a lack of confidence in dealing with the world. Existentially, a man knows that the world is a difficult and dangerous place, but he also knows that defiance – standing straight into the teeth of the storm – not reticence, is the best way to face an unjust, irrational universe.

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If the storm blows him over, literally or metaphorically, he gets up, brushes himself off, and stands up straight once again. And again.

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