the Tyranny of "isms"
need for truth is so great that it sometimes expresses itself
in a manner contrary to its goal. It leads us to adopt pre-formulated
beliefs or systems of thought that seem to provide primary answers.
Irresistibly, we throw ourselves into one of numerous kinds of "isms,"
such as fundamentalism, communism, Socialism, Fascism, Nationalism,
and yes, even Capitalism. Each of
these well springs of answers provides a sense of security, identity,
urgency, even myth, that appeals to our need for purpose, meaning
and values. Our "ism" of choice then induces its own brand
of tunnel vision and intolerance toward conflicting views, to the
point where truth is expendable.
can never accept evolution, no matter how much evidence is attained.
has to reject Capitalism as an existential threat, just as Capitalism
and conservatives garner their very reason to exist from despising
each other's point-of-view, resulting is such distorted caricatures
as Al Franken, Rush Limbaugh, and Ann Coulture.
- Racism needs
to hate and condemn in order to viscerally justify claims that
reasonable intelligence disallows.
- Sexism gives
a cowardly sense of value to men who otherwise find no value in
When one "ism"
fails, we turn to another equally as boisterous and intolerant,
drawing new battle lines while burning another set of bridges.
We need to recognize these tendencies in
order to conquer them.
We need to reject these tendencies to avoid
shaping Chivalry-Now into just another "ism," where proselytes
rally to reject inconvenient truths for the sake of slogans and
We need to free ourselves from straight-jacket
thinking and take those first steps of manly independence, which
means thinking for ourselves.
It may not be easy. We may have invested
a great deal of our lives to whatever orthodoxy we believe in. Orthodoxy
can be a tyrant that implants itself in our souls, shaping our identities,
feeding our insecurities, venting our frustrations, making freedom
seem like too much of a risk.
But freedom has powerful appeal as well.
It does not offer cheap answers to profound
questions, or an indoctrinated community of nodding heads. It may
even be lonely at times, terrifying, challenging-but these are all
symptoms of being alive, of experiencing life fully and directly.
The answers we find on our personal Quests have the benefit of being
There can be no integrity without freedom,
free thought, free commitment and sacrifice, freely confronting
enemies of the heart and dragons of the mind.
Chivalry-Now radiates from this vision
of freedom and innate morality. No matter what your "ism,"
your innate morality as a man stirs in its presence.
It may not be enough. Your investment in
prefabricated beliefs may be too great to turn away. Your anger
may be too deep, your defenses too high, your self-esteem too low
Some bold faced lie might imprison you forever. Your families expectations
might exceed your will to be free.
Whatever excuse you cling to, one truth
indicts your indolence for what it is. If there is anything about
the call of chivalry that is real, it is this: deep in your heart
of hearts, you know better. Deep in your soul you
want to be free and good and valuable to others. Without that freedom
and the release of moral integrity that it entails, you know that
you're not fully alive, not really a man.
It's possible that you know that your present
beliefs are not true or good, but for you can't let go. The habit
is too ingrained, the investment too large, the self-identity too
fixed. Perhaps freedom scares you with its challenges.
Nevertheless, you know better.
The truth you deny is ultimately yourself.
The path you reject is the path you were born for-your very life.
This is where chivalry differs and ultimately
denies all "isms." It claims no orthodoxy beyond the reality
of unshackled conscience. It asks you not to lead or follow, but
to stride forward at your own good pace, and on your own command.
It asks you not to believe the unbelievable, but to search and find
and keep searching still. The answers will reflect the vital questions
that shape your very being.
What is a man if not self-made? Or strong
enough to choose a better path? Or be a liberator of all men and
women, and a defender of what if good?
Chivalry-Now is a philosophy rooted
in the longing in men's souls that rejects the greed in their hearts.
Once embraced, it make what is false no longer bearable.
Who is the indispensable leader to whom
you sacrifice your soul? The Pope? Marx? Lenon? Hitler? Adam Smith?
Pat Robinson? Some walking, talking political façade?
Can't you walk on your own?
provokes our complacency by asking tough questions:
we not men? Do we not inherit the legacy of knights?
strong, Brother. Step forward from your bondage and do what is right.