Lament, and Promise
live in a cynical age.
Leaders say anything for power. The
media fawns over charlatans who breed nothing but discord. Freedom,
with its grave responsibilities, has been replaced by license and
entitlement. Truth has been divvied between extremists, who shape
it to their will. Religion has sold out to the vaudeville chicanery
of celebrity preachers. Precious democracy no longer sustains the
good of the people, but a façade through which the powerful
increase their power.
Greed infiltrates everything, which
puts the greedy in charge. They insist that the market decides our
morality, that squeezing two cents out of a dollar is worth sending
thousands of jobs overseas. The market they worship rewards complete
lack of conscience, even as that same lack of conscience chokes
the life out of everything we hold dear.
We live in a cynical age, where virtue
is considered naiveté, where the threat of global warming,
even possible extinction, does not deter our most destructive habits.
We prefer losing everything tomorrow than be inconvenienced today.
The seeds of destruction have been sown in the decay of our own
making. We watch in morbid fascination as they sprout and grow like
weeds, and fail to pluck their insidious roots.
Cynicism teaches that there is no
good or bad. There is only win or lose in the competition for power.
It tells us that our highest aspirations are selfish to the core,
on equal footing with those of the rapist, thief or murderer. It
suggests that chivalry itself is based on subtle forces of hierarchy
and reciprocal altruism. With such carefully reasoning they make
sure that cynicism prevails. This is their idea of freedom, and
so it is, of a sort freedom without dignity.
Their philosophy of determinism, which
dispels all guilt and directs hope to the latest fad or trinket,
tells us that selfless principles are illusions hiding selfish motives
underneath. How can we prove otherwise in a world already shaped
by their vision? Where lies proof of something better? Have they
Their philosophy, however, overlooks
a single fact, which happens to be the foundation upon which Chivalry-Now
stands. It ignores our code of principles.
Of course it is possible for cynicism
to twist each principle by use of clever sophistry, painting bravery
as cowardice, and generosity as ill intent - to everyone's detriment.
The counter to cynicism, the proof
of our genuineness, is simply this: our longing for something
better; our longing for higher purpose and meaning, a higher moral
consciousness of our own making that rises far above their expectations.
Cynics have no riposte to this. We know first hand our longings
to be true.
desire remains a heartfelt struggle against the determinism they
propound. Instinctive disdain for moral relativism is what draws
us to Chivalry-Now in search of higher ideals. Here we find
the truest call to freedom-and it comes from ourselves, from our
natural rebellion to the limpid inertia of cynicism, where values
have no substance.
stand on the threshold of our next evolutionary epoch, where discontent
with cynicism, politics, the media, organized religion, and even
misdirected science pushes us toward something meaningful and grand.
new epoch begins when we turn our backs on cynical values to confront
the illuminating possibilities of our hero's journey.
next epoch cannot be based in the amoral forces of natural selection,
or the amoral forces of the marketplace. It will be based on freely
made choices that transcend the soul-inhibiting shackles of the