Kingdom We Inherit
have a kingdom to consider.
A kingdom based not on conquest of other
people, but on conquest of ourselves. A kingdom based on truth,
justice and mercy, strength and compassion, development of self
and concern for others. It is a realm where honor is based on something
more than pride, a kinship not of blood, but of the heart that pumps
It is a kingdom we aspire to attain in
our Companionship. It is never distant, but as close and intimate
as our thoughts. We belong to it already, as the yearnings of chivalry
tell us. All we need is to recognize its existence and partake in
This kingdom has no boundaries to define
it. It is a circle without circumference, the proverbial Table Round,
the horizon that encircles us, the planet itself, with the panoply
of stars in which our tiny globe is lost.
It is this unity that unites us as Companions,
no matter what distance separates us. Our values, like the inspiration
inside us that gives them life, connects us in what can only be
described the spirit of an ageless age.
Arthur called it Camelot.
Jesus spoke of the Kingdom of God. Lau Tzu described
it as the Tao. There have always been hints and aspirations
for Utopia, glimpses of Paradise Reclaimed symbolic dreams,
mythical constructions, hopes for a better world, some more fanciful
But the kingdom I speak of is "not
of this world." It is found, rather, in our perception of the
world, the attitude it provokes as Chivalry-Now prompts us
to open our eyes. This perception is simple and practical, yet visionary,
bordering on the mysticalas real as the stone our metaphorical
castle is made on, yet floating in the clouds waiting for our minds
to shape it. It is composed of one third hope, another third belief,
and the final requirement of incorporating it all into our lives.
Our kingdom lives in us, and connects us
with one another. We hear it in silence and in song, in a lover's
voice, a mother's lullaby, and yes, the clarion call as well. We
see it in our jobs, and on the battlefield, but also in a fallen
leaf. Sunsets paint its fleeting drama for everyone to see, while
gentle rain comforts and delights. Children play. Parents protect.
Neighbors watch for one another. A million sorrows are somehow balanced
all there, every minute of the day, too often unseen, unappreciated,
waiting for our eyes to open. Chivalry-Now awakens us to
that kingdom. We become members of a spiritual Round Table, where
vision is shared and fellowship maintained. All it takes is a small
adjustment of perception, and we imbibe from nothing less than the
is no leader of this kingdom. No Arthur at its head. No laws other
than the ideals in our hearts that give it life. It belongs in part
and whole to everyone who claims it, and vanishes from those who
would abuse it.
kingdom I speak of awaits us all. Don't let guilt or hesitation
bar your passage. Your kinship is absolute. In fact, the kingdom
depends on you. On each of us. Your vision and mine. Christian,
Druid, atheist or whatever. Truth is truth, no matter from what
vantage point we behold it.
kingdom based on virtuous ideals can only blossom from hearts where
virtuous ideals inspire and are given life.
is real if we make it real. Let's get to work and build it together.