Derived from Natural Law
bases its core message on a unique vision of freedom.
It is our contention that a person needs more
than just a lack of external restraints to be authentically free.
There needs to be an awakening and involvement of the entire person.
If that fails to happen, what, exactly, becomes free?
By entire person, I mean the physical, spiritual,
and intellectual parts, as one might expect. The difference goes
one step further. It includes conscience. When we assert ourselves
in complete accord with conscience, we elevate into freedom the
depth of our being as well. Here we find the essence of human nature
itself, the inner teacher and constabulary known as Nature's
Law. Chivalry-Now, with its moral code of ethics, is
a cultural expression of that law. As such, it provides a well-established
means to be who we really are.
Although to some extent all sane people have
this sense of conscience, calling them to task while facing moral
decisions, not everyone purposely taps into conscience as a conduit
to Nature's Law, to unleash who we are. Only Nature's Law provides
the claim to personal autonomy that makes real freedom possible.
Simply put, there can be no freedom for the
man or woman whose deepest nature remains in shackles
ignored, untouched or unresponsive. There is only the semblance
of freedom, unearned, undeserved, with only rudimentary self-direction.
The purpose of the Quest is to meld consciousness
and conscience together to produce a more authentic person in relationship
to life. We call this Grail
There are enemies of conscience that work to
prevent us from crossing the threshold to Nature's Law. These include
a variation of the Seven Deadly Sins: anger, hatred, envy, excessive
pride, excessive desire, excessive ambition, and, the most damaging,
For rational beings, however, there is more.
There is ignorance to contend with as well. There is the
constant distraction of consumerism that amounts to brainwashing.
There are the emotional dictates of extremist ideologies.
There is legalism. Emotionalism. Intimidation.
Peer pressure. Relativism. And heart-dampening skepticism.
Chivalry-Now helps dispel all those enemies
of conscience by reminding us of the virtues that conscience extols,
codifying them into simple ideals that nurture to the soul. (Chivalry-Now
considers itself the language of the soul; when people hear
it, their souls respond.) It imposes nothing, but seeks to inspire
purpose and meaning that already exists within ourselves
our own humanity, manifest in freedom through Nature's law.
Does this sound complicated? Let's reduce it
to a simple form:
We are born into this world incomplete, expecting
to grow into abundant life as time goes on. If this growth is hampered
or interrupted, the freedom we attain can only be partial. The undeveloped
part of us remains shackled. Freedom becomes aimless, pointless,
sometimes filled with unexplained remorse. By awakening to the resources
of conscience, we awaken to Nature's Law, which completes us. We
achieve the growth that human nature requires. The purpose of Chivalry-Now
is to provide the vision and catalysts to make this happen, and
to continue that growth throughout one's life.
True freedom is derived from the activation
of Nature's Law within ourselves. Where else does personal
autonomy come from? The very meaning of autonomy
is giving oneself one's own law. Where does that law come from,
if not the natural law we are called on to express that defines