& Climate Change
purpose of Chivalry-Now is to foster heroic
qualities in those who awaken to it. It is a philosophy based on
such tried and tested virtues as truth, thoughtful conscience, civility,
and strength of character - but it is also based on action. It was
never meant to be an armchair philosophy for feel-good introspection.
Chivalry was and is a call to arms, at least metaphorically, for
what is right. This quest for everyday justice reflects the deepest
strivings of the human impulse. At the same time, it teaches us
how to discern the difference between right and wrong. From the
knowledge we glean, we find personal autonomy and take our places
in the world as forces for good. Real good. Not the
contrived versions with which others seek to distract us.
As we engage our personal quests, it is
natural to look for a meaningful cause to represent. The final choice
will be decided by many factors, not the least of which are our
own talents and interests.
Choosing a primary mission does not excuse
us from responding to other worthy causes. We fight the evils that
life brings us. That is part of the learning process of the quest.
It prepares us for greater challenges.
Climate change is a threat that people
of conscience cannot ignore. It stands before and beside us at every
moment. It challenges weaknesses that we might not be aware of,
such as recognizing a severe threat that is coming our way, even
though the most severe results are not yet upon us. It challenges
our ability to reason, to examine scientific evidence and honestly
evaluate it. It challenges us to examine our own demons that would
prevent us from taking a positive stance. It challenges us to be
clever in reducing our own contributions to the problem, and in
reaching out to others to do the same.
It challenges us to be knights-errant
in not following the deceptive lethargy of the crowd, and
committing ourselves to truth instead - which is the truest test
Our system of concepts bear this out:
Areté judges us by how
well we apply reason to virtue. Nature's Law tells
us to express the moral dictates of conscience through reason. Telos
encourages us to become our very best. Anagnorisis
separates us from ideologies that would close our minds in order
to impede moral discernment.
And then there is Ordo Mundi,
the way of the world, the way of nature. The Grail legend tells
us that the kingdom was made a Wasteland because of
the king's pride, a debilitating wound that only compassion and
purity of heart, expressed by a simple question, could mend. We
can only ask the right questions now by first placing aside all
our ready-made conclusions and seeking truth for what it is.
Here we are. The Wasteland
wrought by climate change, which we see happening today, confronts
the future of our children. Metaphorical demons and dragons work
in concert to divert us. Like the Grail knights before us, we each
come from our own tangled forest of perceptions, eyes wide-open
What kind of knight will we be? Those
who fought among themselves for no good reason? Those who grew disinterested
and lazy and turned back? Those who were succumbed by their own
inner demons of insecurity or past guilt? Or the ones who faced
every challenge with true resolve and restored nature to its life-sustaining
have a saying in Chivalry-Now. Find your inner Knight!
Now is the time to test who we are as individuals and the depth
of our beliefs. The test is ongoing. We must do what we can to combat
this incredible assault upon our world, and reject the deadly vice
of greed that would now sustain it.