are those we come in contact with who hear about Chivalry-Now
and consider it naïve.
They are clever people who consider themselves
adept at making a failed system work for them.
They think they understand human nature, with a subtle emphasis
of the dark side, which they view as so integrated with the rest
as to be indispensable.
These people are comfortable with the way
things are because they are invested in them. They are so "motor
set" that they can scarcely imagine a different paradigm.
Others see the misery and error, and would
prefer if things were different, but don't recognize a viable alternative.
Or they believe that the status quo is just too powerfully ingrained
Still others are so consumed by their every
day struggles that they can't bother with grander schemes. Even
the hope of a new cultural paradigm is just another distraction
they can't afford. So they think.
The clever, the comfortable, the disenchanted,
and those with hardened minds, will not respond to the call of Chivalry-Now.
Not at first. They will view it as naïve, anachronistic, even
a childish waste of time. Some might view it as a threat. Those
who are invested in greed, or racism, or enjoy power in the status
quo, or thrive on cynicism, might belittle our efforts. They will
write us off as dreamers.
And so we are.
We are dreamers in a sorry world of illusion
that thrives on disenchantment. We are a threat to those who value
distorted and even contradictory life-principles. Our simplicity,
to them, is not clarity of thought but lack of sophistication. They
admire toughness over compassion, savvy over virtue, predictability
What they fail to realize is that a man
of ideals has to be tougher than most to navigate in a world of
cynicism. He has to retain his principles against all odds. He has
to look possibility in the face, and make new, inspiring predictions.
He must be fearless.
In comparison to the man of chivalry, those
who lack his inspiration are the ones who are naïve in what
needs to be done, not tough enough to resist the crowd, stilted
by a lack of vision. Our man is a citizen of Camelot already, engaged
in both quest and mission a quest to find truth, a mission
to apply it.
The purity, simplicity and manliness of
Chivalry-Now have to contend with a world that berates what
is pure, simple and manly. We need to defend them. We need to unashamedly
give them life. To do so, we must transform the image of knighthood
we inherit, from that of the iron clad warrior to the face reflected
in the mirror.
We cannot be dissuaded by closed, unimaginative
minds. Much needs to be done, and we have to act quickly. It is
time to take up sword and shield, intellect and pen, action and
faith in our inner selves, and bring the very best ofl manhood back
We cannot be discouraged. We are fighting
not only to save the dream of civility, but the earth itself.
In the end, perhaps our greatest hope is
the child in us all.