We exist in a culture that constantly pushes fast and quick connections at the expense of steady growth and deep understanding. We are increasingly connected, as this blog proves, but we do not feel.
We are desensitized to each other, our lives, and the happenings of the world. What happened to chatting with our neighbors as we got the mail? The Sunday afternoon croquet games with the family? The evenings sat outside, gazing up into the starry night? Are they no longer relevant or valued? Or are we obsessed with faster and newer things?
The point I want to talk about in particular is this concept of old chivalry for we males in the population. Now, I don't mean the chivalry of the Middle Ages, after all many knights were just vagabonds who ended up pillaging their way across the countryside.
Rather, I mean the chivalry of understanding the value of each other, and women in particular. Each person has an inherent value which cannot be degraded, but so often we hear stories in the news of atrocities and tragedies which show people being degraded and damaged.
Their value is still there, but they cannot see it themselves because of this harm. That is what chivalry can prevent.
Maybe I'm a romantic, maybe this ideal of 19th and 20th century chivalry never existed, but does that mean we shouldn't dream about such a code? A code that teaches us discipline tempered with joy, romanticism entwined with respect, and tells us to defend and protect all who have been harmed or are in danger of being harmed?
Isn't that a dream worth having?
I like to think so. As a Catholic I think it's our duty to create such a world and such a society.
I think through self-discipline, prayer, and a respect for life we can make a better world where every soul knows and understands their own value. I don't claim to be some shining knight, few of us are.
But maybe its up to the dented, dirty, and damaged to start to build a world where these shining knights can exist.