“Courageous” and the Construction of Modern Camelot in Houston, Texas

24 Nov

“Courageous” and the Construction of Modern Camelot in Houston, Texas

The conception of what noble men should be – men like us (if I may be so bold as to categorize us in this manner) – is by no means a new concept. Men like us have been chosen by God and given active sentinel responsibility to those who depend upon us. Those who rely upon us do so not only for the necessities of life, but often more so for leadership in behavior, ethics and morality.

I was blessed in running across the following quotation from Sir Thomas Malory’s “Le Morte Darthur” (written in the middle 1400s – you can get it for free from Project Gutenberg ). It contains some of the earliest written accounts of King Arthur. The book is so old it was written in Middle English.

King Arthur’s Pentecostal Oath (Modern Translation):
“… then the king established all his knights, and bestowed on them riches and lands. He charged them never to commit outrage or murder, always to flee treason, and to give mercy for those who asked for mercy, upon pain of the forfeiture of their honor and status as knight of King Arthur’s forever more. He charged them always to help ladies, damsels, gentlewomen, and widows, upon pain of death. Also he commanded that no man should take up a battle in a wrongful quarrel – not for love, nor for any worldly goods.”
– “Le Morte Darthur”, Sir Thomas Malory, Translation supplied by Dorsey Armstrong, Phd.

What strikes me so soundly is the alignment of our goals of becoming “Courageous” men with the highest charge given by King Arthur to his Knights of the Round Table. The notion of us all together – bound by common cause and moral purpose – charged by Almighty God Himself – with a code of behavior closely aligned with that of King Arthur – implying that we are a modern team of knight class men – men who are the modern equivalent of The Knights of the Roundtable – is indescribably gratifying.

A closer look at the charge given by King Arthur in The Pentecostal Oath as relevant to “Courageous” men:

1. We are already given, by God, valuable worldly possessions and family – a reward in His Good Faith – of our oath, duties and promise of loyalty.
2. Honor (righteousness) is the highest charge given.
3. Compassion and mercy are specifically required.
4. One must defend the weak. Women, and (I would argue strongly, by extension, children), are specifically named as individuals who we are charged to treat with largess, generosity and defense. Upon pain of death….
5. We are not to use our power for greed. Knights are strong, powerful, efficient, and effective. We must never use that power wrongfully, in league with evil forces or for personal gain. We are to always use our strength for good – in pursuit of honor and righteousness.

If we learn our lessons, if we apply what we learn, and if we step up with courage and discipline, there will be a new Camelot. Right here in Houston. Right here in our midst. With God as our King. And we as His Holy Knights of His Roundtable, His Hands in this Kingdom.

In passing:
As a parting thought, I thought it might be nice to provide the Middle English Version of King Arthur’s Pentecostal Oath – predating the King James Version of The Bible by about 150 years:
“than the kynge stablysshed all the knights and gaff them rychesse and londys; and charged them never to do outerage nothir morthir, and allwayes to fle treson, and to gyff mercy unto hym that askith mercy, upon payne of forfeiture of their worship and lordship of kynge Arthure for evermore.”
– Le Morte Darthur, Sir Thomas Malory

2 Responses to ““Courageous” and the Construction of Modern Camelot in Houston, Texas”

  1. kingjoseph316 November 24, 2011 at 8:47 pm #

    I like the sound of that. Holy Knights, Salvation Army Soldiers.

  2. armynwmensgroup November 24, 2011 at 9:21 pm #

    It really struck me when I read it…. That we’re still pursuing ideals that were established ages ago….. and they are still just as valid now as they were then….

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