The historic course of all civilisations is cyclic in nature. Over a period of three to four hundred years on average all of them return to a similar common starting point, a point always defined by a darkness of the collective soul and a loss of moral fortitude. It is there and then that an inevitable movement for a return to old ways and meanings begins to form.
Imagine if you will a civilisation’s chronological pendulum completing a vertical ellipse rather than just an arc at the bottom. At the superior apogee, twelve Noon in the cycle, the pendulum almost pauses at a point of stability before beginning its inevitable descent, accelerating slowly at first, even imperceptibly, but ever faster as the gravity of cultural entropy increases its velocity until it approaches the inferior apogee, Midnight, where then it begins its at first rapid but ever slowing climb back into the light.
It is there, at Midnight and immediately before and beyond, that chaos rules, and with it comes a time in human affairs that does indeed try men’s souls; a time where dawn remains but a hope beyond an unseen horizon, where the night people are well about and yet to be put to the sword and where is found the formative crucible within which men and women, bound by strength and tradition, gather together and stand firm against the depredations of barbarism.
But such spiritual evolutions are never easy to form or prosecute with certitude, for if they were they would be worthless; thus nothing is ordained for such warriors on the winds of time other than that the rectitude of their actions will define both their corporeal and spiritual fates. Hence those who do elect to stand firm, their physical and metaphysical faces streaked with the blood, sweat and dust of the battle that is roiling about them, will need to possess a depth of courage and conviction that comes only to the truly observant, having been built upon an unassailable foundation of Faith and its accompanying determinants.
The Code of The Christian Military and Agrarian Order of the Iron Legion is such a foundation:
All wishing to join the Legion shall make a Solemn Affirmation that they will abide by and endeavour to live their lives according to the following five Articles of the Code.
The Legionnaire must be true to that which he believes in above all else, for with faith comes strength against every adversity. Faith is the lifeblood of courage and nobility, without it, life has no meaning. With faith, no force, not even death can defeat the Legionnaire.
The foundation of virtue, one who seeks out the truth within himself will surely develop other virtues, such as justice, courage, strength, courtesy and humility. Without truth there is no light, but rather the spiritual darkness of self-delusion and deception which must surely lead to other vices.
Honour is the standard against which we measure ourselves and are measured by others. It is a treasure which if taken in hand grows in value and grandeur, but if squandered can but rarely be regained and only at great cost in time and effort. The Legionnaire’s word must be more certain and sure than any written contract. Let every Legionnaire consider carefully before making an affirmation and never do so lightly or without due reflection.
The Legionnaire will seek to aid those in need, giving succour and assistance to such as may need it, giving as his or her means permit and without ostentation or display. True charity encompasses more than the material. A word of encouragement can mean more than jewels. The spirit of charity may also cause the Legionnaire to forgive a wrong done to him if the act is truly repented. Charity will help the Legionnaire to avoid the errors of gluttony and avarice.
Loyalty is the obverse of honour; when once a Legionnaire has made a commitment, let him not waiver or withdraw but make every effort, mental and physical, to ensure that that commitment is met; thus that commitment must not be lightly made.
In addition a Knight of the Order if so appointed must also swear an oath before Almighty God that they will live their lives according to these additional Chivalric Articles.
The Knight’s duty is to protect the innocent from harm and to punish the guilty, as is symbolized by the sword. In past times, fulfilment of this duty often required physical combat. Today the battles are fought differently but are no less important. In all areas of life the knight must strive, so far as is possible, to fight injustice and help the right to prevail.
The Knight is charged with fighting for the right and good, and thus destined to face many opponents. The battles may be of the body, and the dangers faced by the Knight may be physical; but courage is as greatly in demand with the more subtle opponent of the mind or spirit. Whichever circumstances the Knight enters he must always face the enemy with valour.
The Knight who looks upon his life without evasion or self-deception and exercises the virtue of truth will surely be humbled by the vast gulf that lies between the chivalrous ideal and the reality of what is possible. Thus chastened, the Knight will surely avoid the error of hubris.
The Knight strives always to do and be their best, no matter what the area of endeavour. They do so not for pride’s sake, but rather to infuse even the most mundane task with nobility and thus uplift themselves.
A man or a woman may be ennobled by a Prince but a soul can thus be elevated only by living in accordance with higher standards than those of the common man. To achieve this chivalrous ideal is not possible; but the very striving uplifts the spirit and purifies the soul. This marks the true Knight.
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