fully appreciate the ideals of Chivalry-Now, it helps
to compare them to today's values. Many of these values are presented
to us as virtues, while contending with the very foundation of what
we believe. Whether we view them as fallen virtues or elevated vice,
their deceptive influence on society needs to be recognized. People
too easily accept these moral impostors as matters-of-fact.
For example, we are told we have to love
ourselves before we can love anyone else. It has a nice, reassuring
ring to it that people easily accept.
But is it possible to love yourself? The
very idea suggests a separation of who you are, creating an target
toward which you direct your love. Who, then, receives this love?
An image that has no substance, yet is somehow you? This illusion
does nothing but create a fiction that is "other than oneself."
It is totally misleading.
There are a host of other impostors as
- When wisdom
is replaced by cleverness, it is cheapened beyond recognition.
- When dignity
is supplanted by pride we become shallow and arrogant people.
- When the
cause of truth is reduced to expediency, the depth
of meaning is lost.
- When character
is regarded as the same as ego.
- When the
personal wonder of life is replaced by a need for constant,
- When the
Quest is superseded by a search for fame and fortune.
- When beauty
is disconnected from its essential value.
- When reputation
is measured by wealth, fame or success, and not personal integrity.
- When loyalty
to a cause blinds one to the value of the cause.
- When "what's
in it for me?" becomes an acceptable maxim rather than
a source of dishonor.
- When benevolence
is tainted by the need for acclaim.
- When the
search for love becomes the search to be loved.
- When individuality
is measured by purposeful differences and idiosyncrasies, rather
than being oneself.
- Add your
own insights. The comparisons are legion.
the moral enemies that have seeped into our culture and taken
their toll. They continually interject greed and selfishness into
our best intentions, political, secular and religious. They are
false virtues that appeal to our basest instincts.
For men, to whom Chivalry calls, they are
the apostates of manly virtues. They twist the way things should
be at every level, and set the field for an inconclusive battle
between good and evil.
Chivalry-Now calls us to see things
as they really are. That is where the battle begins. Looking upon
things as if for the first time. Questioning them. Judging their
value. Honoring what is true while rejecting what is false. Forging
your own code of honor and then bringing it to life.
We cannot create a better world if we cling
to false assumptions, or pay homage to false ideals. Examining them,
rejecting what is false, introduces us to the full importance of
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