for What is Right
most distinguishing feature of chivalry is fighting for what
is right. This, more than anything, makes it a warrior tradition
with a strong moral directive. Defeating evil by upholding justice,
truth and fair play is its core belief. This requires the strength
and courage to heroically put oneself on the line.
equal rights means that we rise for the sake of justice. Courtesy
fosters relationships based on respect, which leads to peace and
progress. Helping those who suffer from disadvantage is a moral
obligation that benefits individuals and communities alike. In these
ways, chivalry fights to promote what is best in human nature. Performing
good deeds and contending with injustice is how we do that.
must not forget, however, to do this wisely. Many people believe
that they fight for a good cause for all the right reasons, but
get so caught up in scoring points that they lose touch with their
final aim. They identify one side as completely right, and the other
completely wrong. Once that happens, they fail to see when their
efforts contribute to pointless animosities that never end.
is not how problems are solved. This is how they escalate.
advocates suffer from a sense of tunnel vision righteousness, alternatives
are lost along with the bigger picture. The original goal is replaced
by a sense of fighting for the sake of fighting, which leads to
blind fanaticism. Once that happens, truth no longer guides our
efforts. We contribute to the overarching problem instead.
calls us to fight the good fight - not a bad fight. Not a dirty
fight. Not a fight for the sake of fighting, or to fuel senseless
anger. Not to annoy opponents or make them feel stupid, but to win
Knight must resist that endless spiral of animosity. The ability
to listen, understand and engage in gentle reasoning is always the
most effective means to resolution. Recognition of someone's value
and good intent not only opens hearts, but opens minds as well.
cannot replace long held opinions with the insult of fierce contempt.
We only invite defeat by hardening the resolve of those who hold
does not demand hatred of those who hold contrary views. It invites
the kind of honest persuasion that comes from trust and mutual respect.
It dares to make calculated progress one step at a time.
Knight has to have patience and the skill of choosing one's battles
strategically, and learn how to make allies from those who disagree.
This is how we will change the world for the better.