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What is Chivalry?

What is Chivalry and is it dead?

Lets look at what Chivalry is… The following is the Code of Chivalry in Italics are my commentary to how they apply today.

The Code of Chivalry

  • Live to serve King and Country.
    (God and Country, Can’t go wrong with that)
  • Live to defend Crown and Country and all it holds dear.
    (Defend God and Country and all that are important to them)
  • Live one’s life so that it is worthy of respect and honor.
    (Sounds pretty straight forward to me)
  • Live for freedom, justice and all that is good.
    (Live for civil rights for all)
  • Never attack an unarmed foe.
    (Never take on someone who is not equal to you, physically or mentally)
  • Never use a weapon on an opponent not equal to the attack.
    (Never attack someone in a way where they can not defend themselves)
  • Never attack from behind.
    (Never “Stab someone in the back”)
  • Avoid lying to your fellow man.
    (Be honest in thought and deed) 
  • Avoid cheating.
    (Never cheat or be dishonest)
  • Avoid torture.
    (The ends NEVER justify the means)
  • Obey the law of king, country, and chivalry.
    (Live up to what is expected of you)
  • Administer justice.
    (Take upon yourself the responsable of justice)
  • Protect the innocent.
    (Stand up for people who can not stand for themselves)
  • Exhibit self control.
    (Be the “Bigger Man”)
  • Show respect to authority.
    (Sounds pretty straight forward to me)
  • Respect women.
    (See how special women are and treat them that way)
  • Exhibit Courage in word and deed.
    (Stand up for what you believe in)
  • Defend the weak and innocent.
    (Stand up for people who can not stand for themselves)
  • Destroy evil in all of its monstrous forms.
    (Be ready to fight the good fight)
  • Crush the monsters that steal our land and rob our people.
    (Be ready to fight for what matters and defend your beliefs)
  • Fight with honor.
    (When fighting is necessary do with respect and gentleness) 
  • Avenge the wronged.
    (Stand up for people who need defending)
  • Never abandon a friend, ally, or noble cause.
    (Stay true to friends and stand by them)
  • Fight for the ideals of king, country, and chivalry.
    (Defend God and Country and all that are important to them)
  • Die with valor.
    (Live your life as to be proud to meet your maker)
  • Always keep one’s word of honor.
    (Say what you mean and mean what you say)
  • Always maintain one’s principles.
    (Stay true to yourself)
  • Never betray a confidence or comrade.
    (When you give your word keep it)
  • Avoid deception.
    (Don’t lie)
  • Respect life and freedom.
    (All life is precious, and freedom is a part of life)
  • Die with honor.
    (Live your life as to be proud to meet your maker)
  • Exhibit manners.
    (Treat others the way you would like to be treated)
  • Be polite and attentive.
    (Make everyone you interact with feel like they are the most important thing on your mind at that moment)
  • Be respectful of host, women, and honor.
    (Make sure people like having you around)
  • Loyalty to country, King, honor, freedom, and the code of chivalry.
    (Be true to the ideas that you have pledged to be true to)
  • Loyalty to one’s friends and those who lay their trust in thee.
    (Be true to those who you have pledged to be true to)

When you look at these they seem to be from a simpler time, however when you think about it they come from the middle ages and those times were very violate and unpredictable.  In todays world we enjoy many amenities that weren’t around then.

The code of chivalry is something that spans generations.  It evolves around ideas that every human should hold to be true.  Simple truths that if upheld by everyone would make the world a completely different place.

Think of a world where you know everyone is telling you the truth, where you can count on people just by their word.

I think all of us can learn from the code of chivalry, and try to follow them in our lives.

Lets all live up the the code of chivalry the code that once separated the Nobles from the common man, the civilized from the barbarians.

Lets all declare ourselves Nobility and start by acting like a Noble.

- (C) Pierre LaRocco 2010

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