Chivalry of the Modern Day
Chivalry is dead. So say a majority of people if you ask them. The Knight in Shining Armor is not going to rescue you anytime soon. No one has these virtuous qualities in today's society.
Well, I am here to tell you it is very much alive.
Chivalry was a creation of the Middle Ages to combat a dark and brutal era. There wasn't a uniform code of chivalry, but many experts of that time agreed that a list a seven virtuous qualities defined Knightly behavior.
They are Courage, Justice, Mercy, Generosity, Nobility, Hope and Faith. Let's see how they apply in today's world.
It is not just overcoming fear. It is basically doing tasks that are unpleasant or difficult, with no expectation of reward or gratitude. They also accept the sacrifices involved without complaint and with grace.
This one is the so called "Goody- two shoes" scenario. The person expects himself to be of exemplary behavior. He doesn't bend the rules because such behavior devalues society as a whole.
This one most people identify as not slaying an opponent if he begs to live. Today, it is is striving to keep peace. He doesn't antagonize or cause hostility by hurtful words or a bad attitude. Basically, he is a "nice guy."
This is sharing your valuables. This is not just being charitable with your goods, but also with your time, energy, wisdom and talents. This creates a much stronger sense of community.
This one is often associated as being a "Snob." In reality, it means staying true to one convictions, even in situations that no one would ever know otherwise.
This is not just being hopeful in times of tragedy or misfortune, but having an positive outlook on all things and keeping a sense of humor on a daily basis. This inspires others around him.
Many believe this to have religious overtones, which it could, but it is more for his fellow man. The knight basically keeps all the promises he makes, not categorizing them by nature of importance. He also trusts that another will keep his promises as well.
How many of you know someone with these qualities? I know I do, and I dare to say that ALL of you do as well. They have a great influence on others, making them strive to be better people.
So there you have it. Do you think chivalry is dead? It might of been hiding, waiting to be found, but it never died. You might see a knight in shining armor, riding in to save the day.
Better yet, jump on that horse and be that knight. The world could use more of you.
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