Answer to Violence
Boston Marathon bombing. Newtown. Aurora. The Twin Towers. Columbine.
The Oklahoma Federal Building. The list sadly goes on, defining
the times in which we live.
How should we respond to these terrible events?
There doesnt seem much we can do. We see our leaders looking
to control the access of guns (and failing), and stronger means
to combat terrorism. For the most part, we leave it in their knowledgeable
hands. Unfortunately, the problems that underlie these killings,
their actual causes, are more or less ignored. We label the perpetrators
as ideological or religious fanatics, or just insane. When easy
answers are not forthcoming, we blame liberals or conservatives,
or the economy, or the media. It seems that there is plenty of blame
to go around as long as we dont have to blame ourselves.
After all, were just law-abiding citizens, minding our own
business. Were not fanatics, or terrorists, or violently insane.
That being true, we may be surprised when the
requirements of democracy and freedom drop serious questions at
our feet that our leaders ignore. Can we ever impose enough security
to prevent these senseless killings? What would life be like? Armor-wearing
guards on every street corner? Mandatory frisking at the entrance
of every building? Curtailments of freedom? Armed escorts for every
man woman and child? Video surveillance everywhere? Drones fitted
with cameras and sensors crisscrossing the sky? Life sentences for
every crime? Such answers cross into the absurd.
The sad truth is, and we have to face it, there
are too many ways to kill people to cover every possibility. In
this respect, the terrorists and madmen have won in their objectives.
We adjust our lives to the fear they generate. The patients are
officially in control of the asylum.
But it doesnt have to be that way. Weve
been so caught up responding with superficial remedies, that we
fail to examine what we really need.
There was a tagline against gun control that
makes a serious point. Guns dont kill people.
People kill people.
Thats true. People do kill people
with guns and knives and bombs sometimes with their own hands,
or with poison. People are killed because of anger, revenge, greed,
ego, fear, war, political oppression, and whatever else sparks the
insane mind to act violently. In the end, it all boils down to decisions
based on personal values, what we call life principles, which
brings us to the realm of Chivalry-Now.
As a philosophy and as a movement, the nurturing
of life principles are what we are all about. We understand that
our culture no longer supports the ideals upon which it was made.
That results in a cultural deficit that makes all kinds of bad things
possible. Democracies dont work if they are not based on truth,
cooperation and a sense of unity and purpose. A philosophy of greed
cannot fill the void. As we see every day, it only makes things
If we ever hope to find a solution to violence,
we need to repair our culture so that violence is not glorified.
Instead, our culture should be propagating virtue and purpose in
every persons life, thus contributing to the greater good.
Thats what Chivalry-Now is all about.
With careful regard toward personal freedom and
living each day as a quest, we make available the means toward sanity
and unity without trying to indoctrinate anyone. We serve as a catalyst
to what is already inside us, encouraging free thought instead.
We have no charismatic leader or paid propagandists
who use fear or anger to win converts and feed popular division.
We are led by our own intellect and conscience, with the autonomy
of thought granted by Areté and Natures
Law, contributing to the universe the very best of what
it means to be human.
In order to do this, we are advised not
to fall into the trap of thinking as others think. We learn not
to limit ourselves to the shallow, set parameters of partisan debate,
or to moral stances that are crippled by hypocrisy. Yes,
it is good to learn from others, and we should do so constantly,
but not blindly, and never at the expense of losing our unique perceptions
and informed opinions.
We, who are called to develop our lives for the
greater good and defend those in need
who are dedicated to
truth and justice
who are liberated to personal authenticity
by the quest
we are the natural soldiers in this war against
deception and apathy. Our ideals transcend the divisions brought
about politics and religion and regional biases. We go to the source
of virtue itself for our answers, to Natures Law,
which we relate to as individuals. Although our movement reaches
back to the earliest days of Western civilization, its relevance
is as vital today as it ever was.
it is difficult to imagine a world where people are more concerned
about personal virtue than greed, more enthralled by truth than
ideological purity or political one-upmanship. That's because we
live in a world that has lost its way, and have experienced nothing
better. To most people, Camelot is a dream, an ideal, a romantic
illusion, instead of a possibility tha just might be in our collective
need to put cynicism aside if we hope to improve the world we live
in. It is time to take hold of dreams and ideals and be inspired
by them. We cannot change things for the better when all we do is
put our efforts into making a failed system or ideology adjust to
its own deficiencies. We have been jerry-rigging this engine far
beyond its usefulness. When it finally breaks down completely, what
will we have? With luck, we will rediscover the inspiration of our
dreams and the promise of our ideals.
If we did that now, think of all the problems
we could avoid. Reclaiming that vision, developing ourselves into
people who reflect high ideals instead of coarse mediocrity, is
our primary goal.