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The Code for the Modern Day!

The Seven Knightly Virtues

“The essential elements of today’s code of chivalry!”

These days, chivalry seems to be a concept that is largely ignored, abused, and even made fun of. It seems to be viewed as something that is only known to literary scholars, history professors, and the educated whom wish to be courtious or have some sense of class or decentcy, but it doesn’t seem to be viewed as something that has any place in the world of business, politics, relationships or personal conduct in the modern world. Women have been taught that displays of chivalry are demeaning and condescending, and men have come to believe that courtesy and respectful attitudes aren’t “manly.” To me that is a weakness that will destroy the fabric of human society!
There was no such thing as a “uniform” code of chivalry in the Middle Ages. Many people — from successful knights to contemplative philosophers compiled lists of virtuous qualities, called the “knightly virtues,” which they felt defined chivalry. No two lists were exactly the same.
There were, however, several common themes found in these lists of knightly virtues. By combining these, we have today created what we consider to be…

The Seven Knightly Virtues of the Modern Code of Chivalry:

Courage
More than bravado or bluster, today’s knight in shining armor must have the courage of the heart necessary to undertake tasks which are difficult, tedious or unglamorous, and to graciously accept the sacrifices involved.
Justice
A knight in shining armor holds him- or herself to the highest standard of behavior, and knows that “fudging” on the little rules weakens the fabric of society for everyone.
Mercy
Words and attitudes can be painful weapons in the modern world, which is why a knight in shining armor exercises mercy in his or her dealings with others, creating a sense of peace and community, rather than engendering hostility and antagonism.
Generosity
Sharing what’s valuable in life means not just giving away material goods, but also time, attention, wisdom and energy — the things that create a strong, rich and diverse community.
Faith
In the code of chivalry, “faith” means trust and integrity, and a knight in shining armor is always faithful to his or her promises, no matter how big or small they may be.
Nobility
Although this word is sometimes confused with “entitlement” or “snobbishness,” in the code of chivalry it conveys the importance of upholding one’s convictions at all times, especially when no one else is watching.
Hope
More than just a safety net in times of tragedy, hope is present every day in a modern knight’s positive outlook and cheerful demeanor — the shining armor that shields him or her, and inspires people all around.

Each of these concepts is important in itself, and every one of these virtues is an admirable quality, but when all of them blend together in one person, we discover the value, and power, of chivalry today. Modern-day knights should strive to keep these virtues alive in their own hearts, but, perhaps more importantly, they should work to bring these wonderful qualities out in the people they see every day — at home, in the office, at school or on the street corner. A person who lives by the code of chivalry in today’s world allows everyone to see their best qualities reflected in his or her shining armor. I hope you like the code!

SO IT IS WRITTEN, IT SHALL BE DONE.
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