Way of Chivalry-Now
does one mobilize the great potential and best intentions of
Some point to religion. Some point to meditation.
Still others point to consumerism and a free market economy. Their
answers overlook serious drawbacks of each approach.
With religion we see tensions between various
creeds, internecine squabbles, and a tenuous relationship with science.
With the eastern approach, exemplified
by meditation, we see a profound lack of scientific innovation and
In contrast, the free market produces phenomenal
progress and creativity, but a profound lack of moral center as
well, with profit placed in its stead.
Each approach offers benefits and drawbacks
that are pretty obvious. For some reason, however, we look to them
as the only alternatives, despite their constant, and even pedantic,
failure. When something like humanism injects new thought, it is
deemed a threat and much maligned. The status quo will do or say
anything to protect itself even to the death of us all.
We are not a religion. We relate
to those who are religious, and those who are not. Our respect is
for free thought, personal exploration, growth and ethical behavior
supersedes our differences. We view and honor our relationship with
Truth, whether we call it God or nature, as a direct experience.
We may recognize the value of meditation,
and even relate our vision of Truth to that of stillness, silence
or mystical experience. Nevertheless, we know that the human mind
encompasses thought, emotion, conscience, desire, spirituality and
will and we affirm these qualities as valuable aspects of
human nature. We do not try to eliminate any of it, but rather channel
it with moral authenticity. Anything less is an affront to nature.
We value the proper functioning of a free
market, but refuse to bow down to it as a source of moral authority.
Profit motive has its place, but it is far below, and must be subject
to, the core values of humanity. Anything less places greed as our
What unites us, despite differing religious
and nonreligious beliefs, is this: we believe in certain moral principles
for the essential qualities that they are, not for where they came
from (other than from ourselves). The good is not a product of reward
and punishment, or contingent on some authority, however benign.
To say that it is negates it as a viable ethic. What is good must
be good in and of itself, otherwise it is not good. Our ethical
duty, if we are true to ourselves, is to embrace it, support it,
and speak out on its behalf.
This is a simple and basic concept to understand,
and appeals to our sense of right and wrong.
We coerce nobody. We merely want to open
people's eyes to their own inspiration. We don't hand out copious
dogma, esoteric disciplines or formulaic methods of escapism. We
encourage free thought, self-discipline, personal growth, exploration,
discovery and courtesy. Our only stricture falls on personal responsibility
which is wantonly relinquished when we blindly follow somebody
else's creed or vision. We find encouraging solace in discovering
how similar our disparate visions of Truth are.
Please forgive the following poor analogies,
but Chivalry-Now is like an alarm clock to our collective
conscience, waking us up from the dreary sombulence that drags us
down. It is like a clarion call to our warrior spirit for action.
It is a warning signal of impending doom, as well as a lighthouse
piercing the fog of confusion with its beam of Truth.
is new only in how it connects us to the vital past while incorporating
everything in between. It presses each person to find Truth autonomously
which is vital to authenticity. In this respect, we honor
life far more than those who ask us to set aside our integrity and
follow someone else. Nothing blocks the perception of Truth so much
as an intermediary, especially one who has a hand in our pockets.
cannot be translated and handed out in a pamphlet. It can only be
is the standard we bear. The rest is up to you.