Goal & Challenge
can we realistically expect from Chivalry-Now?
More than we imagine.
On a personal level, we can certainly expect
a deeper, more rewarding appreciation of life, improved relationships
and a strong sense of purpose. We will become more involved with
what's truly important and make better choices in everything we
do. We will discover what it means, first hand, to be men of honor.
As men change for the better, society will
change too. Freedom and equality will become more than convenient,
patriotic slogans. Women will benefit as gender relations improve,
bringing new harmony. Racial discrimination will end. Crime will
dramatically decrease as what is best in our hearts replaces what
is worst. Streets will be safer. Marriages stronger. Children will
benefit across the board from family values that are real.
Business practices will be more honest.
Society more compassionate. Politics no longer the farce it is today.
Popular religion will rediscover its spiritual center. Secularism
will better define its ideals. Justice will be every man's concern.
Greed will be replaced by healthy moderation.
Men and women of conscience will unite
as never before to eliminate disease, war and poverty. Selfish resistance
will decline as more and more people respond to higher instincts.
Chivalry-Now will succeed because
it comes from who we are, and encourages who we can be. Right now
we have thousands of individual reforms fighting uphill battles,
at great public expense, because our leaders have failed to win
the hearts of men hearts bleeding to be won. By starting
where we are, by rejuvenating the ancient pulse of our culture,
the very best of what we believe in, the transformation will occur
on a scale never before imagined.
No mystery here. No magic formula. No supplications
built on hope and desperation. No faith in market dynamics, that
claim to win even as they lose. No coercion or indoctrination.
Chivalry-Now unleashes the potential
of humanity through the solid inspiration of our own ideals.
Nothing could be more profoundly simple.
As Knights, Companions, men and women of
honor, all we need to do is live with conscience according to our
own principles to reap the reward of authenticity. As people hear
our words and see the example of our everyday lives, their own hearts
will turn as well.
This ever-expanding circle is
our goal. It begins with a personal quest for truth and goodness.
It grows or declines through our example, our commitment to raise
sanity out of chaos.
I believe that the cultural roots of Western
civiliztion can provide this for the world at large. Even if we
influence only those in the West, the world will still be better
Or we can go in the opposite direction.
We can continue on the suicidal path we
are on now, losing everything that is meaningful while clinging
to the illusion that we are somehow winning by losing. We can rape
the environment, abuse those we love, tolerate the poverty of our
neighbors, burn oil so quickly that we eventually run out. We can
watch our oceans rise and forests burn with global warming. We can
look forward to eventual famine, catastrophic diseases, and ideological
wars that never end.
Or, we could build a new Camelot.
The choice is ours.