article explains how the ethical/cultural approach of Chivalry-Now
provides an important avenue for change that is otherwise missing
What is the purpose or meaning of human
The question lingers in the air but nothing
definitive comes to mind. The silence is disturbing, because it
reflects upon us - who we are, what value we can claim, and the
direction of our lives that we should be taking. We soon come to
realize that if we want to find a plausible answer, we have to look
for it ourselves.
Of course, for all we know there may be
no answer, which leaves us with one alternative that many people
readily adopt. They train themselves not to think about it. They
effectively distract themselves from their inner anxieties by use
of a never-ending stream of entertainment and other diversions.
For those of us who take life more seriously, however, such artificial
escapes are repellent. Our quest remains.
Where do we start? Self-esteem workshops?
Philosophy courses? Meditation? Life-styles of the rich and famous?
Reality TV? The answer could be hiding anywhere.
Of course not just any answer will do.
It has to be reasonable, believable. It has to register deep inside,
illuminate our lives with a new sense of meaning and direction.
Anything less is just another diversion.
The thought comes to mind that other people,
smarter than ourselves, have sought this elusive grail and come
up empty-handed. What can we learn from their failures? What were
they doing wrong? How is it that our distant ancestors fared so
much better in regards to purpose and meaning?
Perhaps they found their answer in a different
way. Not through searching ancient archives, or straining their
thought processes, but in the way they lived, the things they believed,
the human impulses that dominated the pre-technological landscape.
Perhaps they were more in tune with the voice and wisdom of their
As Blaise Pascal once said, "The
heart has its reasons, of which reason knows nothing."
The lesson that conscience offers
goes something like this. We know in our hearts that we are moral
creatures. Moral creatures are meant to live morally, despite their
weaknesses, failings, and immoral transgressions. We know this intuitively
when we listen to our inner conscience, which needs no rational
deduction. Perhaps this is why the modern psyche fails to recognize
it. Conscience tells us that we do have purpose, and we should
live our lives purposefully. Simply put, as moral, rational
beings, our purpose is to bring virtue into the world, and help
restore the primacy of conscience in everyone.
History provides myriad examples - in scripture,
literature, myth and legends, symbols and rituals, the heroic ideal,
the Sermon on the Mount, the good guy riding into the sunset, and
the knight on his quest. These are not catchy phrases or verbal
explanations. They are illustrations of purpose to which the human
These revelatory illustrations no longer
hold the stature they once had. We live in an age of intellectual
hubris that assumes too much, and understands too little, ignoring
what fails the test of reason. Because of that, our quest must pull
away a little. If purpose and meaning could be purchased, or earned,
or examined mathematically, we would have them in abundance. Unfortunately,
we scarcely recognize the limits of our own cognitive habits.
The truth is, purpose and meaning are not
readily apparent, nor do they fall out of the sky. Our existential
challenge is to create them, and the way to do that is through
our commitments, especially those that are made to
a higher cause.
this in mind, Chivalry-Now presents a distillation of moral
commitments that show us the way. We call them the 12 Trusts,
a code of moral behavior that references the nobility of human potential.
In a world subject to the constant upheavals of rapid change, this
code preserves the essence of moral aptitude that is needed to carry
The 12 Trusts, in their simplicity,
and strongly rooted in our cultural past, present ideals that we
intuitively recognize as valid. Taken seriously, they introduce
us to the quest for truth and virtue, and from there to our own
example, the 1st Trust tells us to develop our lives for the greater
good. No lengthy explanation. No footnotes. No quotes from scripture
or philosophy. No scientific research to back things up. We simply
know that the purpose we seek is found in doing what is right, which
also leads to our own personal fulfillment. When we commit ourselves
to that path, which is not really a path at all, but a solemn dedication
to life, the anxiety of our contingency recedes and our spirit is
The other Trusts are equally
affirming. Speak the truth. Do not desecrate yourself with
greed. A good character is more valuable than gold.
Justice demands defending the helpless, being fair to all,
and generous to the poor. The noble heart does not delight in slander
and gossip. In the search for truth, humility pushes
ego aside so that we can see more clearly.
It all comes down to this. Purpose and
meaning are more than intellectual exercises. They can only be found
in the doing, not in the thinking.
If you want to engage in this quest, which
is, in a real sense, your life, the 12 Trusts can
connect you with your living conscience.
Until such time as you join us
the Knight Within.