Glory of Knighthood
Knight is charged to follow his own ideals
before all else. He tries to pluck the beam from his own eye before
removing someone else's splinter. He condemns others only reluctantly,
for he knows that in other circumstances, this person might very
well be him. "With malice toward none, with charity for
all, with firmness in the right," are not just empty
words, but a chivalric mandate. A knight's humility comes from the
knowledge that he is only human, like everyone else, which is also
the source of his inspiration, strength and honor.
On our online Forum, we talk about what needs
to be mended in the world. We talk about high ideals the
worthiest of all discourses.
But then we step away from our fellowship into
a world that expects something different. Quite simply, it expects
that we will not strive to live up to our ideals. It expects us
to be greedy and given to "innocent vice." All
of a sudden, we face this challenge alone, and high ideals seem
distant. We return to the fellowship to find them in the words and
support of others.
Knighthood requires more from us.
Forget the pageantry of old. Knighthood requires
us to walk and speak and act like Knights people dedicated
to the Quest. Accept the mantle and grave responsibility comes with
No one knows your inner thoughts, your dark side,
your habits, vices and history. Only you know them. It's up to you
to find, evaluate and challenge them. That's why the first of the
12 Trusts focuses on self-development. If the status of glorious
Knighthood is what fills your mind, you will fail in this charge.
The quest humbles as much as it enlightens.
Brothers and sisters, not a day goes by that
I don't struggle with inner contradictions, with a persona that
wants to fit in with the crowd, against a truer self that wants
the kind of abundant life that comes from unfettered integrity.
There are times when I want to be judgmental.
It seems so simple and natural, almost instinctive. There are times
when I merely turn away from evil with moral fatigue, instead of
meeting it head-on. Little vices seem so innocent, almost virtuous
according to some.
No one is perfect, and none of us ever will be.
Nevertheless, as Knights, as spiritual warriors, we commit ourselves
to fighting those dragons that pull us in every direction, knowing
full well that we may never win completely.
we continue the fight despite our mistakes, failures, and occasional
lapses, is the truest glory of Knighthood, and humblest as well.