What's the Solution?
heard the complaint that our culture is failing us.
hear it from conservatives and liberals alike in their own separate
mantras. We hear it from the pulpit. Sociologists tell us the same,
while psychologists thrive on the effects of cultural deficiencies.
Idealists point to the past for remedies. Cynics shake their heads
about the future. Individually, we sense that something is lacking
and then refuse to investigate, bobbing in the current that
leads to doom on many fronts.
in our hearts, we hope for a leader who can make things right, a
savior or prophet who will free us from our responsibility. We hope
for some global conversion, or some scientific discovery in the
knick of time, or just for sanity to reassert itself. In the meantime,
war kills, the hungry starve, and the world's climate seethes menacingly
moments of frustration, we look for someone to blame. Unfortunately,
the very ones we point to, point back at us. We all share the blame.
sustaining arguments are ridiculous, yet remain unchallenged:
- Why should
we fight for cleaner air when the Chinese aren't? (So much for
- We're only
giving people what they want.
- Some tiny,
impoverished, backward nation, halfway around the world, can destroy
our entire way of life.
- Let's burn
as much oil as we possibly can so we don't run out.
- God gave
us the right to poison the environment. Those who think otherwise
- We can win
the "war of ideologies" with guns. (Do we still believe
that might makes right?)
taxes will solve all our problems. (Expensive programs usually
taxes will solve all our problems. (The free market is not the
growth will solve everything. (Even in a world of limited resources,
exploding populations, and cheap foreign labor?)
- If we refuse
to speak with nations who are hostile to us, they will eventually
turn around. (Cuba never understood its part in that equation.
Neither did Iraq, Iran, or North Korea.)
- Freedom and
individuality come from propagating a homogenous, lock-step, political
has no relationship with the welfare of people or the environment.
It has to do with flags and international belligerence. If you
don't like it, leave it. Your opinion means nothing.
- Western freedom
can and should be imposed on other cultures.
dividing people for the sake of political power is somehow justified
in a democracy.
When we complain
about our broken culture, we forget that we are part of that
culture, which is why we grudgingly sustain it. Our beliefs, our
goals, our values, are what make the culture what it is. Our complaints
about serious problems are half-hearted, and our actions almost
Most of us want others to change first,
and then we'll follow. Some want others to change while they remain
the same. Walking cell phones don't have to change, or even notice
what is happening all around them. Like successful business people,
they are too connected to the way things are. Religious fanatics
turn to fanaticism for their excuse. Techies lose themselves in
technological distractions. Everyday people become fair prey for
the media's obsession toward celebrity and entertainment.
And so we complain, but do little to change
things. Forests burn from even a slight rise in global temperature.
War decimates hundreds of thousands of lives. Corrupt politicians
are revealed by the truckload. Killing students on campus becomes
the latest mode of expressing one's frustration. The church provides
unscrupulous people with the means to become wealthy.
All this, while the majority of us keep
busy filling our shopping carts and saying nothing of value on our
Perhaps, in our willful ignorance, we deserve
what is coming. But do the innocent who have little choice?
The central message of Chivalry-Now
is that it doesn't have to be this way. There is more to us as human
beings than surrendering to complacently destructive consumerism.
We can stop being pawns of ubiquitous marketing propaganda and the
media that feeds on it. We can bring integrity back to politics.
(Why not?) We can look at the natural world and find it good enough
to protect, in and of itself. We can find ways of shaping our culture
to be more humane. We can take the beam from our eye before plucking
the splinter from our neighbor's. We can let celebrities indulge
their ruinous lives without surrendering to the demeaning, voyeuristic
obsession first hand.
We can say no to the brainwashing of our
values. We can put reality shows aside and partake in reality first
Chivalry-Now offers a simple catalyst
In respect for personal freedom, it offers
no formula or method to follow. Instead, it appeals to what is best
in you already. It asks you to question things on your own, partake
with an open mind on the quest which is your life. Follow no one.
Discover truth and goodness for yourself. Tap into ideals and wisdom
from the past, but don't limit yourself to them. Be creative in
your thinking. Strive for personal authenticity. This was the moral
trajectory of western culture before it was diverted following the
Age of Enlightenment, and what we need to reclaim.
We offer the 12
Trusts as a culturally indigenous reflection of male ethics
something rooted in who we are already. This explains their
almost spontaneous appeal, and profound tug of conscience. They
represent our best values from the past, a safe harbor from the
cynicism and consumerism that distort our values at every turn.
They confirm the best strivings of our soul.
offers a web site designed to instigate thought, and an open
forum where people can connect and share their concerns. We also
recognize people's commitments through the institution of knighthood.
As time goes on and our membership increases, we hope to do more
all the time treading lightly to give freedom its due.
this way, we hope to restore important elements to our culture that