message sounds good, but why chivalry of all things?"
a sorely needed code of ethics - something that included our best
ideals, satisfied the very human need for beauty and romance, incorporated
the idea of life being a challenging adventure or quest, healed
the past wounds of gender issues, defended the weak, gave generously
to the poor, honored truth, and returned courtesy to relationships
that sorely needed it - nothing else came anywhere close.
We knew up front,
of course, that medieval chivalry would not be appropriate for today's
world. So we asked what chivalry would be like if it had evolved
over time? What if it incorporated the very best from the centuries
that followed, such as the Ages of Reason and Enlightenment, the
Renaissance and Romantic periods, psychology, science, feminism,
and cap it off with a more positive take on existentialism?
What if we made
it non-partisan? Really non-partisan. Anti-partisan actually.
Something that removes itself from the stultifying conflict
of political ideologies, and focuses on real values instead.
In order to
unite as many people as possible, it would have to be open to well-intentioned
people of all faiths, or to no religious faith at all. Our message
would be individual-centric.
The result was
the 12 Trusts, a historical code of chivalry adapted to modern
is deeply rooted in Western culture, we believe that its tenets
are universal expressions of Nature's Law, and therefore
not confined to any race or nation. If you find your innate values
of conscience agreeing with them, they belong to you.
To deepen our
cultural roots, we looked further back in time, back to the Golden
Age of Greece, where Western philosophy was born, and traced
it from there. What we found was a virtual timeline of evolving
philosophical development, upon which ours depended. Chivalry-Now
is just the latest incarnation, one that recognizes its evolutionary
nature and goal. From the past, we took claim of certain concepts
that would better explain our ideals (Areté, Aletheia,
Telos, Nature's Law, etc.), and put our own spin on them.
Even in 2014,
the image of a noble knight retains a sense of romantic and moral
nostalgia to which most people naturally respond. All we had to
do was modify its definition according to our updated code. We now
define a Knight of Chivalry-Now as someone knowledgeably
committed to the 12 Trusts and the Chivalry-Now concepts.
image of a knight is that of a cultured, civilized warrior who fights
against evil. In an age where materialism and complacency rule,
what we need are committed, awakened individuals who express this
kind of civilized warrior spirit, people who embrace the personal
nobility that humanity itself once strove for. Yes, we set our aim
high. Little is achieved by aiming low. We seek to place anti-heroes
aside, and replace them with everyday heroes of virtue and resolve.
is not a cult that tells people what to think and who to obey. Quite
the opposite. It is a call for individuals to grow on their own
by seeing themselves as living, breathing, thinking protagonists,
experiencing life as a quest for personal growth. Our books and
articles are meant to inspire people to think for themselves, and
hand no one else the responsibility to do that for them. Chivalry-Now's
mission is to serve as a catalyst designed to spark enthusiastic
authenticity. To the extent that we succeed, we hope to change the
world for the better, one person at a time, because we know that
each person who responds can and will make a difference.
Now, if the
words chivalry or knight still turn you off, ignore them. The important
thing is to cultivate your own innate values and play your part
in this drama called life. The results will probably be the same.