by Charlene Scott
|Photo Credit: Ben Cooper ("Painting #17)|
3: gallant or distinguished gentlemen
4: the system, spirit, or customs of medieval knighthood
5: the qualities of the ideal knight : chivalrous conduct
I think the concept of chivalry is interwoven with a basic value of compassion. T.H. White's “The Once and Future King,” embraces the core idea – might does not make right. In a world where power becomes the ruler of morality and value, keeping a code of conduct that is dependent on goodness and protecting the weak becomes vintage – a relic of storybooks and child's play.
A case should be made for the knight in each of us. Despite the appeal of the masses to be charitable for a tax deduction or to gain publicity for some good deed done, the chivalry that was worth mentioning in the storybooks and epic poems of old was one that disregarded awards or punishments and existed as a higher law – it was almost a spiritual thing.
Opening a door for someone is great – I'm sure they appreciate it, especially the people that have their hands full or cannot open it for themselves. However, pulling out your little wooden sword and hacking away at the injustice that lives at your local Children's Home or unfairness that resides in the Assisted Living center but has no outside visitors may be a far graver need for the knight of your childhood self who believed that you could be and do anything you set your mind to.
It is not stylish in the masses eyes to do with less rather than running after the latest thing, but it is a style of its own wisdom that looks for the hard things. The hard things are not always, but are often also the right things. If what were right were always easy, then it would be done much more often than it is. What is it for you that is hard, but right? I don't call my mother often enough. In fact, I call my mother very rarely. I try, but it's hard for me. For some people, this is not worthy of knocking sword and shield against and challenging to an emotional duel, but for me it is.
There is far more honor in rediscovering or discovering for the first time what you believe your knight's chivalry means to you. It will do you and your community far more than the sticky politics that will likely last forever all over the globe and never be solved as history has shown us again and again. So, Reach inside yourself and find your gallantry – pull out your wooden sword, don your helmet plastered with sparkly stickers and mount your my little pony so you can charge confidently into the battle that happens within and around you all the time.
Charlene Scott keeps her other writings here, find her on Twitter @purveyorofhope.