of our Companions recently wrote "there is nothing more
frustrating to the soul than an unanswered call."
With that simple remark, he pinpointed
the infamous agitation that drives some men mad, others to apathetic
neglect, and still others to enlightenment.
The beauty of that spirit, too often ignored,
is that we thirst for ideals that have not been tainted by ambiguity
or contradiction ideals that we can trust with certainty.
This is why Chivalry-Now attracts us so quickly. Its principles
leap up like an echo from within, expressing who we are. What we
seek is ours already. We intuit them with a yearning for fulfillment.
But where do they fit in?
It is here where misdirection takes its
toll. It is here where anger and frustration insist that things
are not as they should be, casting blame on others as well as on
The pain is so deep and personal that w
respond with anger. Sometimes that anger focuses on the wrong cause,
closing our minds to the possibility of greater truth.
The infamous agitation is the manifestation
of our "unanswered call." Our collective psyche rebels
at our lack of direction, how our highest virtues are prostituted
to control rather than liberate us. Look how many religious leaders
distort the spirit of their faith for the lure of profit and the
thrill of power.
Is there no one we can trust in this world
of distorted truth and manipulative greed?
Of course there is. But we must act as
if there are not when it comes to the integrity of our souls, for
which we are responsible. Our individual quest is ours and ours
alone. We have to do it ourselves.
That is why our hearts instinctively stir
at the call of chivalry like the heart of any patriot in
times of need.
The questions we face are these:
- What stops
us from responding to this call with unmitigated fervor?
- Where comes
the misconception that we need not bother?
- What fallacy
or labor or discouragement so castigates our sense of duty with
- Is it simply
that we don't care anymore?
- Has our self-esteem
been replaced by transient whims and temporary convenience?
- Or have we
bought into the very process that destroys who we are?
How is it that a man, any man, sits idly by in the
face or injustice of hurtful greed? How can his voice remain silent.
His heart unmoved? His blood not pounding for action? How can he
not rise in defense of women and children, and the infirmed and
disadvantaged, the well-being of all his brothers? Does cowardice
no longer cast shame? Has pride been completely replaced by cleverness
and self-interest? Have we completely lost sight of what it mans
to be a man?
The reasons for inaction are plenty:
- A broken
culture that fails to teach us who we are.
- A blanket
distrust of our ability to change.
- A government
that is supposed to solve all our problems, even as it makes dependents
of us all.
- A vision
of life that builds walls instead of bridges.
- Lack of sympathy.
- Lack of empathy.
- Failed leadership.
Chivalry-Now is a call to question what is right and what
is wrong with the insight of new commitment to life itself. We must
detach ourselves from ideological alliances that prevent us from
seeing things as they are.
The infamous agitation is the haunting
complaint of our potential nobility.
If we fail to respond, Camelot is nothing
but a cruel dream .