There was a time a young man was expected to be the soul of a gentleman, to use proper language and to dress for auspicious occasions, like attending the dinner table or going to the movies with his young lady. Attending the movies should locate him within a certain time-frame and this same young gentleman was expected to be equally entertaining to the young and old alike.
Though by this time the advent of television had already occurred, but his elders were still at home. One were equally required to sit parlor, as he would to master at least one musical instrument, barring debilitation. He might therefore be given to present as much presence on stage, as he would to entertain the company verbally, and sit formal parlor in the company of one’s elders.
One was expected to wax charming equally, with his elders and his young lady. In school, it was irrational to be charming before two generations removed, but this was the requirement and if there were a problem with this expectation, one was well advised to keep the problem to himself. Further, it was assumed when one was young, one suffered no health problems. He functioned.
There were other taboo’s in a young man’s life or by university days they began ferreting themselves out. One did not refuse a friend’s alcohol and the boldness of our boy in the back seat rendered him a hero in the eyes of the young man with the perpetual alcohol in hand. No matter what one’s reserve required of him, or what effects alcohol formulated of him in desperation.
Oh, never mind the life of being a professional guinea pig, while young professionals learned to ply their craft by practicing on the chronic patient with multiple disorders. A man can make up his mind alright, but the case in point stands as is. He assisted in generating pharmaceuticals and activating professionals, whose procedures and practices ought to be called by his name.
The gentleman parlor sitter participated in generating four generations of pharmaceuticals and procedures and practices of the new science of psychiatry, virtually unknown and unheard of before his time of squandering his lifetime developing practices brought into being. Pioneering was part of a family heritage and the man offered his own for the history books as well, gladly enough.
Hard to say how much of this is actual and how much delusional, but consider it all anyway. A lot of things can be accomplished with the force of one.