Hello there! It's good to finally be a member here; I've visited this site many times in the past, but only recently joined the community. I'm an accountant, and an aspiring CPA, here in the east San Francisco Bay Area, California. You chaps seem to be of a very like-mind to my own, and I have sincere appreciation for that fact.
What made me finally join? It was Brett's interesting (and inspiring) seven part article about the history of honor, and honor in the modern day. Reviving honor in a cynical world is of the utmost interest to me, and before Brett actually said it in his article, I always knew there was something essential missing in my own life, but without truly knowing what. Now I know it is essential to have peers, to praise each other for good deeds, and render shame for bad ones.
I'm not just talking about a group of friends; I mean a brotherhood, who are all striving to become knightly men in the modern day. Men who are honest with one another, who will judge each other's honor, and who will, as a group, go out into the world to do good deeds. I have thought that it was possible to be entirely individualistic, and still maintain a real sense of honor. This is largely not true, at least not for me.
Anyway, that is probably a long way off right at the moment, though I will still work to establish such a group. Right now, I just want to befriend like-minded men, who live in my area and are not afraid to socialize face to face with someone they meet on the internet. So consider this an invitation, as well as an introduction; if you happen to be in the East Bay Area, California, and you want to go hiking, play darts, talk about philosophy, history, and knightly duties, or just discuss the finer points of grooming and dress code, send me an email.
In conclusion, it is easy to meet people online, but ten times more difficult to gain friends in the real world. The former has its uses; the latter is essential. So, if anything I said here rings truly to you, I'd appreciate your friendship, here in the real world.
The warmest regards to you all,
Sean M. Bach
Modern Day Knight Aspirant, Eagle Scout, Former Mariner, and Accountant
Nice to meet you Sean. It sounds like we've got some very similar ideas regarding chivalry in the modern age. I think you'll find quite a few kindred spirits here.
Right on, Sam. Mind if I add you as a friend?
Some intriguing ideas you have mentioned about a modern day knighthood and all. When did you have this idea? Where was the inspiration for it?
Hello, Mr. Kim. I think Brett McKay spoke truly about modern day honor, and he did a wonderful job summing up its long and complicated history in a matter of a few articles. I have been always interested in how a man ought to conduct himself, and I've been bothered by the sheer lack of decorum among men my age and older, as well as the all too common mantra: "chivalry is dead."
Well, Mr. McKay tells us that chivalry is only dead if we let it die. Therefore, I think it is imperative for all honorable men to become members of a brotherhood of some kind, to judge the rightness and the wrongness of each individual member's actions, as well as go out into the world to do good deeds, as the knights of old once did.
In summation, I think these last sixty or so years have led to an unacceptable level of relaxation of personal standards and common courtesy. I think the pendulum has swung in one direction far enough, and I aim, at least in my own life, to start pushing it the other way.
Good to meet you, sir. It was a valid question you asked, and I'm glad I had the opportunity to answer it.