There are few outstanding men throughout history that have elevated style and moral consciousness to another level. Fine gentlemen share many traits and characteristics. One thing found commonly is Individuality. Another is not conforming to the norms of society and pushing the boundaries of your own mind. Part of being a man is learning to be your own person. To strive for excellence in everything you do and to be comfortable in your own skin while you do it. If you can do this Victory is yours.
We may wear the same color suit sometimes, but the swagger in our personalities and our joy for living is what really makes a man unique. Here Frank “the Voice” Sinatra and Dean “the King of Cool” Martin give a little taste of their own personalities.
Marlin Brando is another man of distinction. It takes a lot of class, pride and integrity for yourself and those who share the space around you. This man of many hats has many times over qualified himself in this category. (Playing Stanley Kowalski or Don Corleone won’t hurt your chances either) Although his later troubles overshadow some of his career success,’ we cannot over look his classic sense of style nor his dedication to the civil rights of African and Indian-Americans. A consummate activist and humanitarian he lead not only with his acting but with his heart. Jack Nicohlson once said about the man, “…it was always Marlon Brando and always will be Brando.” A true testament to the strength of a mans work and dedication to his fellow man.
In part one of this 1965 interview we see how poised and relaxed he is, while flirting and keeping the press on their corporate toes.
Last but certainly not least for this installment of ManLawMondays, is another man that went his own way and also managed to help out as many people as he could on the way there. He was persecuted heavily in his early career about his morals, his philosophy, his publication and his way of life. He stuck to his guns, took the beating with style and rose above to stay true to his beliefs and values. Hugh Hefner was not only a magazine mogul but a civil rights activist and political ally of women and the gay community. He was influential in hiring African-American comedian and civil rights leader, Dick Gregory and in 1955 he published Charles Beaumont’s short story, “The Crooked Man,” about straight men being persecuted in a world where homosexuality was the norm. Mr. Hefner responded in his magazine shortly thereafter, “If it was wrong to persecute heterosexuals in a homosexual society then the reverse was wrong, too.”
Mr. Hefner shuts down hater William Buckley in 1966.
A real man of distinction is always a gentleman, he is well dressed and well versed in his own opinions. He is polite, honest, courteous and helpful whenever he can be. In closing, I would like to leave you with a quote from one of the original men of distinction.
“All men can see these tactics whereby I conquer, but what none can see is the strategy out of which victory is evolved.” -Sun Tzu