Real Essence of Freedom
freedom to do good opens the door to having the freedom to do
bad, or to waste one's life entirely. Such is the nature of freedom.
It allows us to decide who we are and what we do.
freedom we espouse is something different. It presupposes a personal
authenticity that is rooted in conscience. Without a healthy, on-going
integration of conscience, the individual is incomplete. Freedom
loses its purpose. One might rejoice from being free from the iron
grip of the tyrant, while never realizing the true benefits of freedom
that make us complete.
Freedom should not be seen as license to just
do as one pleases. It is a challenge to complete the length, breadth
and depth of one's life in the time allotted. Freedom, and nothing
less, makes that possible by giving life to virtue, thereby completing
who we really are.
A knave may be free to exploit people, or commit
crimes, or turn his back on the needy, but we sense immediately
that his own depth of conscience is missing. Perhaps it is shackled
or buried alive, or ignored to obsolescence. Without that vital
part of him engaged, and the virtues that arise from it, he in only
a pompous shell of his life, and for no one's benefit-not even his
own. He has not just adopted an unjust path, he had denied his truest
being. He is reason for us to mourn.
Chivalry-Now does not trifle with freedom.
It points to conscience as our own manifestation of Nature's Law.
Its claim for autonomy stems from that. It is a claim for the autonomy
of virtue, not of selfishness. There is more to human nature than
presently meets the eye, and we seek to raise and honor it. This
amounts to a kind of rebirth, through which we no longer view the
world as a child. Ego is set aside in order for conscience to shone
forth. Once you understand this fully, once you taste it, you will
find that the truth does indeed set you free.
Chivalry-Now holds this concept of freedom
at its core. It does not look for followers, or people willing to
relinquish their responsibility to conscience for title or for wealth.
For this reason, we bow in reverence to no one.
We bow instead to ideals that define us at our best, and serve humanity
itself by doing so.