Gentile , from Latin gentilis, is an adjective that refers to someone who demonstrates courtesy and amiability . For example: “I already met the new neighbor: he is a very gentle and respectful man”, “If you want to seduce a woman, you have to be gentle”, “I got tired of being gentle and that people take advantage of my good will”, "The world would be a better place if there were more Gentile men".
Kindness is associated with the courtesy , the gala and the urbanity . Yes one person It helps to load the luggage of another, it can be said that it is a gentle subject. On the other hand, if a child has a bag full of candies and does not invite, no one can qualify him as a gentleman.
However, qualifying someone as a gentile or one of their antonyms, such as being inattentive or rude, is not as simple as analyzing their attitudes in isolation, seeking in a table What kind of person do they respond to? It is a very personal and highly appreciation dependent on social and historical context. For example, if a teenager does not give way to a woman upon entering a building, this does not necessarily mean that she has not received a education based on respect; Not all men agree with these rules of courtesy, since they collaborate with sexism and assume that the female gender is weaker, fragile, and deserves greater consideration than the male.
In other words, that teenager may be considered rude to an older person, while the latter's thoughts may well seem archaic and unfounded For the first. Young people are often despised by the elderly, with phrases that refer to the superiority of the past over the present. Many can ensure that it is a defense mechanism in the face of time, a series of attitudes that hide their fear of continuing to age and reach the inevitable death. But leaving aside the reasons why such judgments are issued, it is important to note that the main objective is to invalidate the other being along with their tastes and customs.
This reveals a contradiction that occurs when an older person evaluates an attitude of a young man, since on the one hand it is pointed out that his entire existence is invalid, but on the other one a particular point is attacked, as if it imperfection depended on the other. Again, kindness can take on different meanings depending on issues. cultural and generational, and even within each closed portion of a society, such as being a group of friends. On the other hand, it is common to think that goodness opens the door to lack of consideration, to the abuse of trust, so many people choose to ignore the needs of others to avoid disappointment.
Less common acceptances
Another use of the adjective is linked to who is donor or determined : “A gentle boy has tried to conquer my girl, but she rejected him”, “I received the help of a gentle boy who has helped me out of the way”.
The term is also used in the field of religion. Within the Jewish community, Gentile is the individual or community group that professes a different religion. In this case, gentle is a translation of the word goy (whose plural is goyim).
Gentile, on the other hand, is synonymous with pagan . Pagans are those who believe in different gods (polytheists) or idols (idolaters), such as the ancient Greeks or the Romans. Gentiles or pagans, in this sense, do not believe in a single God (like Christians, Muslims or Jews).
In Peru , the inhabitants who lived before the Incas are known as gentiles.