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Chivalry Isnít Dead, You Just Donít Know What the Fuck it is.


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« on: October 14, 2015, 09:07:25 am »

As entertaining as it is truthful.


Chivalry Isnít Dead, You Just Donít Know What the Fuck it is.
Posted on October 12, 2015   


So Chivalry.

Iíve heard a lot of people say itís dead. It used to be a lament, and then it turned into a joke, and now itís just a fact that almost everybody accepts. Chivalry is dead, because itís 2015 and nobody wants to suck your dick for holding the door open for them. And itís true, nobody wants to do that to your hog in exchange for that minor favor. But thatís not what the fuck chivalry is. Chivalry is a complicated, difficult, and ultimately good code of ethics that you probably have a fundamental misunderstanding of. So let me set some things straight:

1. CHIVALRY IS NOT ABOUT TREATING WOMEN LIKE DELICATE FLOWERS

This is probably the main thing people fuck up about chivalry. The truth is, chivalry has basically fuck all to do with women, and everything to do with horses.

See, the word ďchivalryĒ comes from the French word ďchevalier,Ē which comes from ďcheval,Ē which means ďhorse.Ē Chivalry is literally just ďrules for if you have a horse.Ē This was an important set of rules to have in chivalry times. Horses were the Blackhawk Helicopters of the Middle Ages; if you had a horse, you could absolutely kill anybody who didnít have a horse and nobody was going to say a god damn thing. The only thing stopping you was chivalry.

Thatís what chivalry was for. Chivalry was Ė and still is Ė basically a way of saying, ďokay, I have an optimized death machine between my legs, maybe I should look out for people who donít have one of these.Ē So itís not that chivalry is specifically about defending women because women are weak. Itís that chivalry is about defending people who donít own horses, and in the middle ages women didnít own shit.

Itís 2015 now. Women can own as many horses as they want. But there are still power structures built into society that put some people in metaphorical Blackhawk helicopters, and other people underneath those helicopters (sometimes the Blackhawk Helicopters are also literal). Real chivalry is about noticing when you have a horse and somebody else doesnít. Itís about being careful not to trample people just because you can. Itís about holding the door for a dude in a wheelchair. Itís about actively trying to recruit more people of color in your workplace. Sometimes it really is about sticking up for women, but only if your help is wanted. And even then Ö

2. CHIVALRY IS NOT A POINTS SYSTEM REDEEMABLE FOR FREE SEX

There are no prizes for being chivalrous, other than the prize of being a decent god damn human. This is because the people who chivalry was invented for were so fucking rich that prizes were totally meaningless to them. In addition to horses, knights also owned fancy armor, sick weapons, and huge tracts of land. They were powerful, exciting people relatively free of disease. They werenít exactly hard up for sex opportunities, is what Iím trying to say. They didnít need to invent a complex code of ethics to justify getting shit for free, because they already had all the shit. What do you get for the man who has everything? How about some fucking morals.

Anyway, if youíre desperate for booty, tales of chivalry arenít the best place to go for inspiration. King Arthurís court is basically one endless sex disaster, what with Arthurís accidental incest and Lancelotís righteous wangfoolery. Tristram and Isolde is a bonerific nightmare that borders on farce. Sir Galahad, the Greatest Knight Ever, is also the biggest virgin in the universe, and he is thrilled about it. It turns out youíre not even allowed to see the grail if you thought about a boob once. The chivalric canon is not overly sex positive, you guys. In fact the only problem-free sex I can recall from my chivalric reading is the story of Sir Gawaine and Lady Ragnell, in which everything turns out for the best because Ė spoiler alert Ė Gawaine leaves the decision up to his wife. Funny how that works out, huh?

3. CHIVALRY IS NOT PERFECT, AND NEITHER ARE WE

Like most things invented in the past, chivalry has some problems. One of the problems with chivalry is that horses are no longer the height of technology. The main problem with chivalry, though, is that it can very easily cross over into paternalism, and nobody likes to be treated like a child. It is important to remember that just because you have a horse and somebody else does not have a horse, that does not make you their dad.

Even if you have the best intentions, chivalry isnít a code you can blindly follow for A+ results. Even if chivalry was perfect, which no moral code is, itís impossible to be a non-shitty person absolutely all the time. Like, the Knights of the Round Table were probably the most righteous group of horse-havers ever to have horses, but Gawaine chopped a ladyís head off, Lancelot fucked his bossís wife, and Percival was the biggest idiot ever to hold a sword. Galahad was perfect I guess, but Galahad also had a magic chair with his name written on it in fire and ascended to heaven because he found a neat cup. Galahad was a fake person. All of those dudes were fake fucking people. We made them up. The people we made up to be the ideals of chivalry were still remarkably shitty. Back here on earth, nobody is chivalrous all the time, and thatís not sufficient reason to write anybody off. We are all shitty sometimes. Also Galahad is a dickhead.

OKAY SO WHAT IS CHIVALRY THEN?

Chivalry boils down to three things: mercy, charity, and humility. Mercy means being conscious of your advantages, and treating other humans gently. Charity means giving without expecting anything in return. Humility means accepting your mistakes, and recognizing that those who donít have your advantages arenít your inferiors. Anybody can embody these traits Ė woman, man, or even horse. At this point, you may be thinking ďhey, this is bullshit, these are just basic guidelines for not being an asshole!Ē and congratulations, youíre right. Thatís all chivalry is: basic guidelines for how not to be a sack of shit. And as long as a sack of shit is not a good thing to be, chivalry will never die.


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« Reply #1 on: October 17, 2015, 01:22:41 am »

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Chivalry boils down to three things: mercy, charity, and humility. Mercy means being conscious of your advantages, and treating other humans gently. Charity means giving without expecting anything in return. Humility means accepting your mistakes, and recognizing that those who donít have your advantages arenít your inferiors. Anybody can embody these traits Ė woman, man, or even horse.


Interestingly the concept of chivalry has a history and mystic origins extending back to the troubadours and chevaliers of the Middle Ages and beyond.

https://aspoonfulofsuga.wordpress.com/2014/05/03/romantic-love-and-chivalry-how-we-never-got-it-right/

According to a popular Sufi figure in the West, Dr Javad Nurbakhsh, European chivalric tradition didnít happen in isolation but was influenced heavily by the mystical practices of the Middle East and Persia.

"The tradition of chivalry involved consideration for others, self-sacrifice, devotion, the helping of the unfortunate and unprotected, kindness towards all created beings, keeping oneís word and self-effacement Ė all qualities that were later to emerge as the noble attributes of the perfect human being from the point of view of Sufism. In addition to these attributes of a true human being, the chevaliers were committed to a particular code of etiquette and conventions, from which the main objective and principles of chivalry were derived."

"Again, the West got the code of etiquette and convention but not the mystical understanding which animated it. At its heart Chivalry was a practice designed to help instil the spiritual insights into the unity of all created beings beyond form and duality."

According to the Sufis, Futuwwah (chivalry) is a code of honorable behaviour that follows the example of the prophets, saints, and sages. By adhering to its precepts, a person learns detachment from the ego.


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