Improving the Road One Bow Tie at a Time
If a group in Singapore has its way, Chevrolets won’t be the only vehicles on the road sporting bow ties. According to an article from Today in Singapore (published tomorrow — I’m on the other side of the International Dateline), the Gentlemen Movement promotes polite driving through bow ties.
The Gentlemen Movement aims to improve the reputation of drivers in Singapore. Today reports that: “The movement aims to put a bow tie on one out of every 1,500 cars — there are more than 970,000 cars in Singapore — signifying the drivers’ intention to be more courteous on the road.” This seems better than the alternative, as the organizers explain on their Indiegogo fundraising page, when “[w]e are tired of being honked at, high beamed at, having fast cars cut into our lanes, taxi drivers driving dangerously and recklessly, showing off our middle finger, shouting vulgarities. And just being uncultured as a whole.”
The Movement follows in the same vein of the Art of Manliness blog that strives to inspire men to incorporate more chivalry into their lives by treating others with more respect. Needless to say, wearing dapper attire is a focus on this and similar blogs.
I think that this is a testament to the notion that one is more likely to respect themselves — and therefore, others — more if they’re dressed up. That doesn’t mean that a gentleman always dons white tie attire, but the principal is that a person is more inclined to behave better if they’re dressed nicely. There’s just something to dressing up.
Back in college (or university for other parts of the world, like Singapore), there wasn’t a strict dress code that I had to adhere to. As long as I didn’t wear anything offensive, I was fine to attend class and enjoy the campus amenities. However, I found that it helped me to my studies more seriously if I dressed in something nice than a t-shirt, shorts, and sandals. Even business casual wear helped.
Likewise, the Gentlemen Movement hopes to inspire more civil behavior through bow ties. Although vehicles are the ones sporting the tie, the modified neckwear can help people contemplate how a gentleman would act when they’re driving through a busy, bustling metropolis like Singapore.
Behold, the power of bow ties…