#TheNewChivalry

The New Chivalry is not your feminist Aunt’s chivalry. It is not your charming, suave grandfather’s chivalry. It is not about holding the door for the ladies. It is not about being romantic or classy. It is not about knowing how to rock a suit and mix a cocktail while holding urbane conversation.

The New Chivalry is about renewing the lives of individuals by recapturing the intensity of a life lived as if everything depended on it. It consists of:

  • Building myself up into the best possible version of myself
  • Using that self to glorify God and serve other people

This is done by three principles:

  • Holiness: Which is intimacy with God. This is the end goal of everything else we do.
  • Erudition: The vibrant life of the mind that is conversant with great thoughts and their application to daily life.
  • BadAssitude: The practice of doing whatever needs to be done, no matter the cost, whatever the circumstances.

Ready to begin?

“Chivalry is only a word for that general spirit or state of mind which inspires a man to heroic and generous actions and keeps him conversant with all that is pure and beautiful in the intellectual worlds.
— Kenelm Henry Digby, “Maxims of Christian Chivalry”

The New Chivalry is a way of life. It is not simply a hobby, or a slightly more complicated pick-up line. It is not the gentlemanly manners of the early 20th century. Its roots go back much farther to the Middle Ages; the gory, blood spattered warriors who carved out the history of Europe; the ladies who tried to gentle them; and the Church that tried to sanctify them.

What do a bunch of hairy men wrapped in steel and riding around on horseback have to teach our modern man, who shaves, wears a suit and drives an air-conditioned car from an air-conditioned house to an air-conditioned office?

Everything.

The old warriors trained as if their lives depended on it, because, in fact, they did. This dedication to training from a young age gave them an intensity of life that is visible in nearly everything from the Middle Ages. People believed with passion, they built the great cathedrals, they wrote and sang and fought for what they believed in. They were willing to die for those beliefs.

“It is Jesus who stirs in you the desire to do something great with your lives, the will to follow an ideal, the refusal to allow yourselves to be ground down by mediocrity, the courage to commit yourselves humbly and patiently to improving yourselves and society, making the world more human and more fraternal.”
— St. John Paul the Great

By contrast our modern society is so comfortable that from an early age we feel entitled to ease and comfort. We have a low tolerance for suffering. We are also a polite society (which is not the same as a courteous society). We do not dare to defend what we believe is right for fear of offending people. Because we do not defend, we soon cease to believe. We are not willing to die for anything, so we find ourselves with nothing but convenience and pleasure to live for.

The New Chivalry Projects seeks to recapture that intensity of a life lived as if every moment was going to be the last moment of your life, and the first moment of your eternity.