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Chivalry in the Rear View Mirror

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  • wambat13@juno.com
    This is a good reminder of what this game we re playing can be about. What is your real motivation for playing? ... interstate highway and dozens of state
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 30, 2003
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      This is a good reminder of what this game we're playing
      can be about. What is your real motivation for playing?

      > Chivalry in the Rear View Mirror
      > By Scott Farrell
      > ©2003 Shining Armor Enterprises
      > www.ChivalryToday.com
      > Having recently returned from a cross-country road
      > trip, I've had a great deal of time in the past few weeks to
      > contemplate the many facets of the Code of Chivalry. With miles > of
      interstate highway and dozens of state lines rolling past, one .
      > situation occurred over and over again
      > that brought to mind the Knightly Virtue of justice.
      > So, join me in the car for a moment, won't you? It's
      > a circumstance we've all been in: You are driving along
      > on the freeway, humming to a tune on the radio and
      > admiring the scenery in an absent-minded way. You
      > pass a bridge and a freeway on-ramp, and a few
      > seconds later you glance in the rearview mirror and
      > notice a distinctive two-tone car with an odd
      > contraption attached to the roof; it's entering the
      > freeway behind you and accelerating rapidly.
      > From a distance, it looks like a police car.
      > The question is: What's your reaction?
      > Do you automatically ease off the gas pedal? Do you
      > tap the brakes? Do you gently engage your parking
      > brake just a bit to avoid a tell-tale
      > flash of brake lights? (No, you're not the only one
      > who has thought of that trick.) Do you make a lane
      > change to the right in a manner that you hope
      > appears nonchalant?
      > Or, do you just keep driving?
      > There are an awful lot of motorists whose primary
      > focus on the highway is looking out for patrol cars,
      > radar guns and law enforcement air
      > units. Yet few seem to see the irony in spending so
      > much energy avoiding getting caught breaking the law,
      > while giving almost no
      > concern whatsoever to obeying the law. Wouldn't it
      > be easier (not to mention more relaxing) to simply drive
      > within the speed limit?
      > Justice, as an element of the Code of Chivalry,
      > means more than simply
      > expecting other people to behave in a just,
      > respectful and lawful manner.
      > It means being willing to conduct yourself
      > in a manner that is
      > courteous, principled and judicious at all times,
      > regardless of who is
      > looking over your shoulder or driving behind you on
      > the freeway.
      > Justice means holding yourself to the highest
      > standard of exemplary
      > behavior, not the minimum that you can get away
      > with.
      > Traffic laws are inconvenient. The roadways would be
      > much more
      > convenient if each of us could go as fast as we
      > wanted to, ignore stop
      > signs and traffic lights, cut off other drivers and
      > park anywhere we wanted to.
      > Similarly, the Code of Chivalry is inconvenient.
      > Life would be much
      > more convenient if we could intimidate other people,
      > tell lies, take credit for the achievements of others and steal
      > anything we wanted.
      > But traffic laws and chivalry aren't about
      > convenience. Their purpose
      > is to create an environment that's pleasant,
      > predictable and safe in
      > circumstances that would otherwise be frightening,
      > chaotic and dangerous.
      > So, as you're driving down the highway of life and
      > you suddenly realize
      > you're under the scrutiny of someone you admire,
      > someone whose opinion
      > you value, or someone to whom you must answer, how
      > do you respond? Do
      > you alter your course, slow your progress or try to
      > conceal your actions? Or do you just continue
      > without changing a thing?
      > Perhaps the best measure of justice and chivalry is
      > the knowledge that
      > no matter what you see in your rearview mirror,
      > you'll never feel compelled to tap your brake pedal.
      > = = = = = = =
      > Readers are permitted and encouraged to share this
      > article with
      > friends, family and co-workers as a way of
      > furthering the understanding
      > of the Code of Chivalry to the modern world. Scott
      > Farrell's seminars
      > on chivalry and the knightly virtues are available
      > to businesses,
      > schools and civic organizations throughout the
      > Southern California
      > area; more information can be found on our website.
      > Please include all
      > copyright statements and attributions when sharing
      > Chivalry Today
      > articles. Copyright 2003 Scott Farrell and Shining
      > Armor Enterprises.
      > Visit our website at www.ChivalryToday.com.

      Comme il est bon d'avoir un ami
      (how good it is to have a friend)

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