vendredi, juin 13, 2008


Anyone ever heard the word? Sounds rather cool, no? Reminding us of the boundless bravery and eternal devotion of Knights from the medieval age. They seem so great, leaping in the battlefield on their horses, fighting for pride with their blades, and defending their country and ruler for the sake of dignity.

They are the most obedient creatures, trained in lawful ways only to fulfill their duties as the high-borns. They have been taught since birth to become a warrior, a noble in status, and an upper-class being. They are so loyal to their country, that it has been said that even death could not separate a True Knight from his duties.

But then, what does it mean to be a Knight?

A dummy that lives only to be controlled by its ruler?
A brainwashed one, tricked into bravery to defend the country?
Or an angel in shining armor, living for good, truth, and justice?

Really, the word Chivalry has no meaning when a Knight is fighting for the wrong side. It matters not how brave you are, how strong, or how devoted, when you are doing it for the sake of something that should not be done.

Chivalry should not be had by those who are blindly following orders.
It is for the ones who know what they are fighting for, and strive for that sole purpose.

Of course, each Knight are persistent with their own beliefs, and would rather fight to death than going to the other way. That's what zealots are.

1 commentaire:

Primadonna Angela a dit…

When it comes to the word "knight", I tend not to romanticize. I think of dark knights, poor folks who had to paint their armors black because they couldn't afford pages or squires to polish them.

It pays to remember that they were human beings. Granted, some were probably that loyal to their countries and dukes/kings/whatever. They were probably tools. Or they worked secretly to attain their goals.

Some knights were not of royal birth, and perhaps, sadly, knowing human nature, they were despised and mocked.

So, to me, the word "knight" does not necessarily have anything to do with "chivalry", for those two are different.

Or perhaps I'm a cynic.

Just my two cents.