message sounds good, but why chivalry of all things?
In formulating 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 todays 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
The result was the 12 Trusts, a
historical code of chivalry adapted to modern times.
While Chivalry-Now is deeply
rooted in Western culture, we believe that its tenets are universal
expressions of Natures 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, Natures 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.
The romanticized 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-Nows
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.
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