is to Blame?
is difficult to respond to the senseless killing we hear about
too frequently on the news. Words cannot suitably address the pain,
sorrow and collective outrage of mass shootings that have no place
in a civilized nation. For some disturbed people, the mass killing
of innocent victims appears to be a meaningful way to vent one's
anger, enact misguided revenge, or spark some insane idea of revolution.
When I think of the incredible potential, beauty
and inherent good of the Western ideals that Chivalry-Now
advocates, it is difficult to understand how people set their course
in a direction that only leads to violence and failure.
What exactly are we facing? Nothing but senseless
evil. Twisted thoughts. Complete lack of conscience. Contempt for
justice. Anger intensified by voices that maliciously exploit popular
confusion. A disdain for civilization and for humanity itself. Where
does all this come from? What is the cure?
The International Fellowship of Chivalry-Now
naturally reflects the integration of the ideals that we stand for.
Areté. Aletheia. Nature's Law. Honor. The quest dynamic.
Generosity. Humility. Helping those in need. To us, these ideals
make perfect sense and validate the very best of who we are.
The trouble is, some people conclude the exact
opposite. We coexist with them in a nation founded on Age of Enlightenment
principles. Instead of building something positive on this foundation,
they fan the fuel of extreme anger and paranoia to the point of
wanting to cripple everything for which we stand.
These misguided individuals do not exist in a
vacuum. They associate with those of similar beliefs. Within these
circles, a litany of complaints and conspiracy theories formulate
their vision of the world. Irresponsible conclusions are encouraged
by political extremists and media personalities who are out to make
a fast buck. Anger turns to rage. The portrayal of violence by our
entertainment industry merely adds to the mix, resulting in cultural
pockets that are consumed by hate, bigotry, and a complete disregard
for the values we hold so dear.
The influence is actually more endemic than this
suggests. We experience it every day even outside those circles.
Listen to talk show hosts on television and radio. Witness the violence
portrayed in movies. Investigate the ridiculous claims and accusations
of extremist politicians. Examine the subtext of various policies
being bantered about, shamelessly targeting various groups for reasons
of race, religion or sexual orientation. These intolerably vicious,
on-going persecutions are already paralyzing our democracy and distorting
is to blame for all this?
is the nature of the quest to decide such things for yourselves.
If you want to find culpability, listen to the words spoken on the
nightly talk shows from both extremes. Open your minds and your
hearts to what is being said, the evasive or misleading answers,
the baseless accusations and sentiments behind them. Question what
you hear from the depth of your conscience. Decide for yourself
who speaks for truth, life and humanity, and who promotes death,
bigotry and selfish gain.
say that our problems are the price we have to pay for freedom.
I reject that completely. The price reflects a poor substitute for
freedom that we mistakenly uphold, the withered view of freedom
that has no purpose, no positive direction, no regard for the virtues
that give humanity meaning - the moral and intellectual license
to willingly lose oneself in lies and manufactured fear.
medieval times it was said that only one in a thousand walks the
path of chivalry and knighthood. I am not sure about that ratio,
but it does suggest what we are up against in a world where so many
people embrace and promote the senseless cause of fear, bigotry
light of those who have been killed or wounded, and those who loved
them, our work is cut out for us.