Chivalry-Now is the answer, what exactly is the question?
Before people can fully appreciate the remedy
we offer, they need to recognize the problem that they face. Unfortunately,
the root of the problem is so prevalent, so engrained in our social
fabric, it is difficult to see it for what it is.
Human nature ingeniously adapts to bad situations
to make life easier. Creatures of habit, we then hesitate making
changes once a pattern is set, foolishly ignoring the threat of
Every day, we witness the incremental decline
of ethical standards in society, the debasement of effective politics,
the amorality of corporate interests, and a stubborn indifference
to environmental poisoning.
It is not that we are unaffected by this sorry
state of affairs. We tell ourselves that the status quo is unchangeable.
Why rock the boat? Some direct their anger at people who are just
as victimized as they are. Others exploit the situation for profit.
They latch on to what seems a necessary evil, and make it beneficial
- at least for themselves. This works so well, they want to keep
things the way they are
Tolerated or ignored by some, exploited by others,
the problem continues to take hold.
What exactly is this problem? Quite succinctly,
it is the impoverishment of fundamental ideals upon which our western
culture was built. While these ideals are still part of who we are
the deep inside, they have become less and less part of our everyday
This is no small threat. It has the power
to subvert the very foundation of everything we hold dear.
Without reclaiming the support of vibrant cultural dynamics, it
is only a matter of time before the structural integrity of all
we believe crumbles before our eyes.
The integrated rationale of western ideals is
so fundamental to who we are that much of our existence depends
on them. The results of how their influence is faltering can be
seen even now. Partisan bickering has brought the workings of government
to a standstill by. Corruption is considered part of normal business.
Corporations ignore moral imperatives that were once the mainstay
of our culture, profiting on global recessions and environmental
hazards. In some circles, conspiracy theories provide more influence
than science. Uncouth media propagandists are richly rewarded for
preventing people from thinking for themselves. Education flounders.
Courtesy declines. Bullies and scandal-mongers grow more audacious.
Fixed ideologies depend more on knee-jerk opposition than advocating
These examples show the consequences of the steady
decline of our own ideals.
We simply cannot surrender our collective conscience
to greed and the multi-faceted pathology that comes from it, and
still be advocates for justice, equality, human rights, democracy,
a viable economy, and concern for the general welfare. It simply
cannot be done.
Virtue, which has rejected and condemned avarice
from time immemorial, depends on the unfettered will of conscience
to complete who we are as individuals. Without virtue, who are we
as people, or as a nation, or as a civilization? Nothing but subjugated
pawns in a political and corporate chess game.
We must ask ourselves, to what end will the broken
machinery of our governments lead? Western culture may appear functional,
at least from a Wall Street's perspective, but everywhere we look
we see it drifting further away from its own ideals. This is the
existential catastrophe that we must contend with - a powerfully
advanced civilization in the upheaval of losing its soul!
Is it possible to turn this around?
No law can do it. No ordinance or official declaration.
Modern politics is too dysfunctional for this kind of leadership.
Sectarian efforts are too divided and given to more parochial issues.
The business world and entertainment industries have their own priorities,
which bend more toward exploiting the problem rather than fixing
it. Social engineering cannot repair something as organically complex
as a living culture.
We need to find a way for our culture to heal
itself, reinstate its vision, update its historical message for
the needs and intellect of today.
itself, however, is an abstract concept. What makes it come alive
is the people who comprise it. Us. We are the ones
who have to reclaim the vision, the standards, the expectations.
We have to rediscover our own ideals, not only in our history, literature
and philosophy, but in ourselves. They exist in our conscience,
both collectively and as individuals. We need to awaken them and,
in the process, waken ourselves. The full activation of conscience
and reason completes who we are.
is a movement to do exactly this. By reinstating moral prerequisites
into our culture, we can revitalize the ideals of freedom, democracy,
ownership of property, rule of law, enlightened capitalism, and
so much more.
presents an historical treasure-trove of profound concepts that
explain the depth of the western psyche. It distills those concepts
into a simplified code of ethics capable of dramatically improving
our lives at every level. Its emphasis on honor promotes moral integrity,
not as an egocentric means to reap reward or avoid punishment, but
for the moral agency of what is good and true. It clearly sees the
problem for what it is, and is capable of returning western civilization
to the path of its own evolution. Non-sectarian, it welcomes people
of good will without regard for religious belief.
ask that you join us in our mission by familiarizing yourself with
our concepts, and helping us carry them into the world.