is like a treasure scattered and obscured by the winds of time.
As an engaged fellowship, we search for and find
bits and pieces of this philosophy everyday. Our aim is not only
to enrich ourselves, but to return them to a culture that is sadly
broken without it. The wounds of our culture are deep. The only
salve capable of healing them is regaining what was lost.
We find these bits and pieces articulated in
quotes from the past, in philosophical insights, and in theological
speculations. Myths and legends illustrate their origins and meaning.
Books and movies preserve tantalizing remnants. We experience glimpses
of it in nature, and in quiet moments of contemplation. Reciting
the 12 Trusts connects us like a bridge. And with each good
deed that results from it with a pure heart, we bring the legacy
of this treasure, our treasure, to life.
The search is not only challenging, intuitively
and intellectually, it provides the source of great energy and excitement.
Each small discovery is thrilling in itself. Some provide the key
to understanding who we are at our most authentic moments. In this
regard, it is a source of life, as only the quest can make it.
The core principles are yours already. Chivalry-Now
merely reminds us of them, and speaks the language of the soul that
conscience identifies with. In other words it awakens us to our
own inner depth, which in turns completes us as living persons.
Without that awakened depth, part of us is missing. That reflects
not only on the way we live, but how much living we do in each and
every moment. Without an awakened conscience, we are incomplete,
not fully alive. We become, to varying degrees, sleepwalkers led
around by the expectations of others. The freedom we think we have,
is freedom without purpose, without direction, leading nowhere but
to bland frustration.
calls us to be who we really are and to take our places in the
world with honor and with pride. It heals social wounds by giving
cultural substance to truth, justice, reason, integrity and love.
treasure trove indeed.