Chivalry in the Rear View Mirror
- 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 Mirrorinterstate highway and dozens of state lines rolling past, one .
> By Scott Farrell
> ©2003 Shining Armor Enterprises
> 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
> situation occurred over and over againComme il est bon d'avoir un ami
> 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
> 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.
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> of the Code of Chivalry to the modern world. Scott
> Farrell's seminars
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